Table manners and etiqutte in Singapore

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1. Posted by Jasmine de Roz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

At the college, I am supposed to write an essay on the topic of table manners in any country around the world. And I have chosen Singapore. So, it would be great if anyone would tell me about the topic. Information available on the internet is sometimes ambiguous - for instance, is it proper etiqutte to wait for all the people at the table to be served (while at the restaurant)? Because one website tells it is, another - that it is not.
I would be really grateful if you would be able to help me.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2737 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

"for instance, is it proper etiquette to wait for all the people at the table to be served (while at the restaurant)?"

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Are you part of a group or just entering a restaurant on your own??

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1430 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

A simple rule: Do what the hosts and others at the table are doing. If they are refraining from eating until all is served, then you should do likewise. It's good to be considerate of others. It shows you care.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1881 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

My mother taught me that if it was the family at home we should wait to start eating until she (my mother) was sitting down to eat. Because you did not start to eat until the hostess was served.

There was a modification to this rule for large groups where there was something like carving a turkey going on. Each person was asked (in order of seniority - older ladies first, older men, younger ladies, younger man and last the children) what part of the turkey was wanted and it was carved and put on the plate which was passed to the vegetable servers who each put the required amount of vegetables or side dish on the plate. In that situation, we were told we could start eating after 3 people had been served. Otherwise by the time everyone had their food the first person's food would be cold.

In a restaurant, if the meals come out reasonably close to the same time, you wait. But if someone's dish is going to take a lot longer, it is kind for that person to tell the other people to go ahead and eat.

Sometimes if I was at a restaurant with children, I would tell the servers to bring the children's plates first so that can start eating right away. This was because children may take longer to eat, and they get cranky if they are hungry. So it was expedient to give them their food as quickly as possible.

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8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1881 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

My mother taught me that if it was the family at home we should wait to start eating until she (my mother) was sitting down to eat. Because you did not start to eat until the hostess was served.
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Sometimes if I was at a restaurant with children, I would tell the servers to bring the children's plates first so that can start eating right away. This was because children may take longer to eat, and they get cranky if they are hungry. So it was expedient to give them their food as quickly as possible.

This is SE USA - not in Singapore.

In a restaurant, I think it depends a little bit on the reason you are there. If this is a big family party, the rule about not eating until the hostess is served would apply. If it is a work lunch with colleagues where each person pays for their own lunch and there are time constraints about getting back to work, I'd say you eat when you get your food.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1692 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you type "SIngapore table manners" into your search window, you should get lots of useful information.

Good luck and have fun. Maybe you can make a trip to Singapore to practice your newfound table manners when the virus is over.