10 mistakes MOST people make when eating abroad

While some nations are strictly 'knives and forks only', others prefer eating with hands – and chopsticks come with a different set of rules entirely.

Mind your (table) manners

In many South American nations – including Argentina and Bolivia – topping up your neighbour’s wine glass with your left hand is seen as a sign of hostility.

pour wine with your right hand in Argentina and Bolivia

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Slam your Tim Tams in Australia

Down Under, eating meat pies is serious business. There’s no ‘right’ way to eat a pie here, but there are a couple of tried-and-true methods people tend to use.

Treat meat pies with respect in Australia

Almost everything here is eaten with a knife and fork (even pizza and French fries) – and not only that, but hands should be kept above the table at all times. It’s also advisable to try to eat everything on your plate, as leaving food is seen as wasteful

Always use cutlery in Chile

If you’re served a whole fish while dining out in China – which is very common, especially at New Year – you should never flip it over.

Never flip a fish in China

Firstly, you should never cross your chopsticks on your plate, as it's seen as a symbol of death – and don't stick them upright in a bowl of rice either, as this is associated with funeral rituals and read as a bad omen.

Don’t cross your chopsticks in China or Japan

Cleanliness is very important, so you’ll be expected to use a knife and fork for most dishes.

Don't eat with your hands in Colombia

Like many countries across the Middle East and Africa, Egypt is a country where you must eat with your right hand – most of the time, using bread like a utensil to scoop up the food. Leaving a small tip after a meal is always a good idea, too

Wait for someone to refill your glass in Egypt

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