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Passing Food in Style: Master the Art of Singaporean Formal Dining Etiquette

May 3, 2023 Chastine Kurt Petines

Are you attending a formal dinner in Singapore? Make a lasting impression with your impeccable manners and polished dining etiquette. In this article, we'll guide you through the dos and don'ts of passing food at a Singaporean formal dinner, ensuring you'll be the star guest.

Delightful Dos and Distasteful Don'ts


  • Select Appropriate Tableware: Use the proper utensils and serving dishes when passing food. For example, employ a soup ladle and soup bowl when serving soup.
  • Always Pass Right: Pass dishes to the person on your right. This method keeps the table orderly and the meal flowing smoothly.
  • Patience, Please: Wait to start eating until the host begins. It's only polite!


  • No Leaning Allowed: Refrain from reaching across someone's plate while passing food, as it's considered impolite.
  • Hold Your Horses: Avoid interrupting ongoing conversations while passing dishes. Instead, patiently wait for a pause in the conversation.
  • No Wrong Turns: Stick to passing food to the person on your right. Going in the wrong direction can confuse and disrupt the meal.

The Perfect Pass: Steps for Passing Food at a Singaporean Formal Dinner

  1. Step 1: Help Yourself First 
    Before passing food, ensure you've served a modest portion of each dish.
  2. Step 2: Await the Host's Cue
    Wait for the host to eat before you dig in, displaying respect and consideration.
  3. Step 3: A Helping Hand
    Grasp the dish with your left hand and offer it to the person on your right. Ensure they've taken the dish before you let go. The recipient should use their right hand to accept it.
  4. Step 4: Hold the Dish Correctly
    Always hold the dish properly, using a serving utensil or supporting it from the bottom. Never let your fingers touch the food.
  5. Step 5: Condiment Courtesy
    If the dish comes with condiments or sauces, offer them politely to the person beside you, who may take them or pass them along.

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So, there you have it! With this guide, you're fully equipped to dazzle everyone with your dining etiquette at any Singaporean formal dinner. Bon appétit!

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