Cultures around the globe vastly differ from one region or country to another. Religions are different, fashion and beauty standards vary and languages are diverse. One thing all nations have in common is the love of food; but even the way we eat differs because of culture.

Eating utensils are not always universal, and the proper way to eat food may vary. Here is a quick look at some of the ways people around the world enjoy their meals:


Chopsticks are a very popular utensil in Asian countries; however, how they are used varies from one region to another. Chopsticks were invented in Ancient China as a cooking utensil, but were later used to enjoy meals.

In China, chopsticks are used to eat noodles, rice and meat. Western foods are eaten with a knife and fork.

Chopsticks are also used in Japan to eat most foods. They sometimes are paired with a spoon to enjoy specific dishes. Similarly to China, Western food is eaten with forks and knives.
In Thailand it is most common to use chopsticks as a serving utensil. They help diners gather noodles or rice porridge onto a spoon. The food is eaten using the spoon. Only some people use chopsticks to eat food directly.

According to, while all these uses are very different, there is one universal rule for those who use chopsticks.

The one thing everyone agreed upon: It is universally bad form to stick your chopsticks upright in your bowl as that position is associated with death Mashable

Chopsticks are made from bamboo, plastic, metal and coconut wood.


In some cultures, it is impolite to eat with your hands; but in others, it is the most common and proper way to dine. Proper hand washing prior to eating is essential.

In India, the right hand is used to scoop food. Using the left hand is considered disrespectful. It is improper to allow fingers to touch the inside of the mouth, and it is important to never allow the palms of hands to touch the food, according to Food Republic.

This etiquette also applies to eating habits in Africa and the Middle East.

Many people also often use pieces of flatbread as a utensil for eating other foods. Indians often use naan or chapati to scoop up vegetables, meat and curry. In some parts of Mexico, many people use tortillas to scoop up, rice, beans and meat.

Forks, knives and spoons:

Forks, knives and spoons are extremely common utensils around the world, though their uses may vary by culture and location.

In the United States, forks, spoons and knives are the utensils used most often. They are used for all foods, with the exception of finger foods like pizza, sandwiches, chicken tenders and many others.

These utensils are used in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and many other countries.

What eating utensils do you use in your establishment? Let us know in the comments.

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