Japanese food is hands-down the most popular cuisine in Singapore – apart from our own local fare – and the array of options available is mind-boggling. From high-end omakase restaurants and super fresh sushi bars, to fast food burger joints and street food festivals, Singapore’s got it all covered – and consequently, we consider ourselves reasonably well-versed in the etiquette of Japanese food.
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However, eating a lot of Japanese food a lot of the time doesn’t necessarily mean we’re doing it right. And while no one’s really going to call you out on it in Singapore, it’s best to know some basic Japanese dining rules when you’re eating in Tokyo, Osaka and any other restaurants in Japan.
Here are five lesser known dos and don’ts when it comes to enjoying Japanese cuisine.