Need a quick crase course in Japanese dining? I certainly do. Sushi Etiquette. Oops, I must admit I am guilty of doing some of the "Don'ts" when I eat Japanese cuisine. You might be surprised to learn what is considered proper and impolite.
- Feel free to alternate between chopsticks and fingers. Believe it or not, both are completely acceptable!
- Dip the fish into the soy sauce (not the rice side).
- Eat each piece of sushi in one mouthful. And please—chew with your mouth closed, of course.
- Signal to your waiter that you’re finished eating by resting your chopsticks across your soy sauce dish.
- Use the blunt, wide end of your chopsticks when serving yourself from a shared plate. (Who knew?!)
- Rub your chopsticks together to sand down any splinters. It implies that the chopsticks are of low quality and is considered rude.
- Dip the rice side of your sushi into the soy sauce (remember, just the fish).
- Use the pickled ginger as a garnish for your sushi; it is meant to clear your palate in between bites! And I hear it’s good for digestion…
- Dump wasabi into your soy sauce; wasabi should be put directly on your sushi.
- Bite your sushi in half and put it back on the plate.
- Give the sushi chef a tip. Traditionally sushi chefs never handle money directly (and thank goodness because money is dirty).