Unique Eating Traditions from All Over the World

Hi FooDies! You must be aware that every country has its own specialty foods and drinks. But what about eating rules and traditions? Here, FooDoo would like to reveal some unique, bizarre, and shocking eating rules from countries all over the world. Read on and see which ones surpise you the most!


Japan is known for its rich culture and tradition. The same goes for its eating rules. When in Japan, never place your chopsticks vertically in a bowl of rice. The reason for this originates from one of their funeral traditions, where a bowl of rice with chopsticks with a similar manner is placed beside the deceased person’s grave. It’s better to place your chopsticks beside your bowl of rice, or on top of it with a horizontal position.dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.


Are you a fish or seafood lover? If you happen to eat seafood in China, make sure you don’t turn your fish around. The Chinese has a superstition that turning a fish around can cause bad luck. The side of the fish that you’re served with is what you get! Once you’re done with one side, move on to your next plate of fish instead!



Italy has its own culinary wonders, from pasta to pizza to coffee. But drinking coffee in this beautiful country is not as simple as it looks. While you’re free to enjoy coffee anytime you want in Indonesia, in Italy, you’re not allowed to order a cappuccino past 3 PM, as this is considered a bad omen which can cause stomach ache! People who do so in Italy will immediately be labeled as a tourist, because Italians are already so used to that tradition.



We all have experienced needing to put more salt and pepper to our food. While it’s not a problem here, you certainly can’t do that in Egypt. Asking for salt and pepper is considered rude because it offends the person who cooks your food, and shows that you deem the flavor unsatisfactory. Better hold your tongue and proceed eating instead!


Planning to travel to Spain? Be prepared to see restaurants with trash all around them. It doesn’t mean the restaurants you see are dirty or of bad quality. The Spanish believe that the more trash you can see in a restaurant, the more delicious its foods are. We hope you’re still in the mood to eat, though!


If you happen to eat in an Indian restaurant, don’t thank the waiter for bringing your order! Expressing gratitude is only allowed if you know the person well. If they’re just another stranger to you, it’s best not to say anything. This certainly contrasts Indonesian restaurants, where you can here the magic word being exchanged a lot.

So, what do you think of these unique eating rules and traditions? Although they may seem weird to you, if you’re ever in any country abroad, be sure to show your respects and follow these traditions as much as you can!

While we’re all still restrained from traveling, feel free to browse some food recommendations around you on the FooDoo app!