Today my family and I went shopping to a big mall in Oberhausen, Germany. In that mall we had lunch in the food court. I ordered Chinese noodles and ate it with chopsticks. Next to my table there were 4 German boys. Apparently they were amazed to see me eating with chopsticks effortlessly, they talked about this freely not aware that I understood the whole conversation. I found it funny to hear though but said nothing in order not to embarrass them.
I recall I was about 9 – 10 years old when I started to learn how to eat with chopsticks. Since then I have been eating noodles with them. When dining out in Asian restaurants I use chopsticks as well. Ostensibly using chopsticks which for most Asians is normal, could be an amazing skill for some. This is how most Asians eat their food. And then I found this fascinating infographic about dinner customs around the world. Love the historical background in Hungary of why raising a toast with beers is not done.
Adding an extra information about the custom in Spain. Some restaurants and cafes offer delicious bites on the menu for sobremesa and call them sobremesa as well. Not only in Thailand do people eat with fork and spoon but also in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore or perhaps the rest of South-East Asia. This unlike in western countries where people eat with a knife and a fork, even when they eat rice. In the west one uses spoon only for devouring soup or liquid dessert.
Please share what you know about curious customs of dining.