September 4, 2015, 1:00 pm by admin
Chinese Superstitions Around Dining
Think eatiChinese Superstitions Around Diningng with chopsticks is the trickiest part of a Chinese meal? Think again – there is a lot to keep in mind if you don’t want to inadvertently offend your host and get years of bad luck in the process. Luckily, we have compiled a short list of Chinese superstitions surrounding meal times that are good to know if you are about to enjoy a Chinese meal:
Do NOT stick your chopsticks in the rice!
Chopsticks standing vertically in a bowl of rice is reminiscent of the incense burned for the deceased; it symbolizes death and is considered very bad luck (and rude!)
Order an even number of dishes when eating out
An odd number of dishes is traditionally only served at funeral meals. Therefore, an odd number symbolizes death (and we don’t want that!)
Do NOT turn over a whole fish!
If you have finished eating one side of a whole fish, do not flip it over! The fish symbolizes a boat, and by flipping it over, you are capsizing the boat (which is obviously bad luck). Instead, pick out the backbone and continue eating.
Do NOT leave any rice grains in your bowl
According to superstitious beliefs, the number of rice grains left in your bowl when you have finished your meal will be the number of pockmarks on your future spouse’s face. So finish your rice! However, do not finish all the food on the table, as this means your host has not provided enough food for you to satisfy your hunger.
Now you should be ready to tuck into some delicious Chinese food, without bringing bad luck on yourself, so why not join us at Riverbank Chinese Buffet to practice your skills? Book here: http://riverbanknorwich.co.uk/
Here is a great article if you are interested in reading more about Chinese superstitions: http://ow.ly/RE9DY