Tableware (cutlery, crockery, placemats, etc.) is not just for dining. The different designs one chooses can tell you a lot about them, like their nature and interests. It sets already them apart without having to survey their house or bedrooms. There are tons of tableware easily available for purchase anywhere ranging from the exquisite to the economical. You just have to pick the ones you connect with. Wouldn’t you want to showcase the best when you are entertaining company?
Tableware is mainly functional for serving cuisine, but it can also be ornamental in beautifying your home. Many collect exclusive sets to enhance their interior design, adding on a little charm of course. Even though the Western dining experience is often referred to while describing personalised mise-en-place, such practices and netiquettes have long held presence on the Eastern dining table too.
1. Western Table Placing
The Western-style arrangement has different but similar pieces of cutlery that are only used for specific courses and dishes. Depending on what is being eaten, and whether you are having more than one course, the cutlery can differ. But it will be organized according to the order of the dishes served. One dish or course in a multiple-course meal is served at a time, where all of the utensils are already laid out on the table for each dining companion.
2. Chinese Table Placing
Similarly and specifically, Chinese table arrangements are quite doctrinal and has a heavy influence on other parts of Asia. While not as complicated as the Western table arrangement, it is unfortunate that these customs are rarely seen in a home setting these days. The only utensils used are the chopsticks and the Chinese soup spoon. The dishes are commonly placed in the middle of a round table and shared amongst each member of the table, who would have their own bowls or plates of rice or noodles.
3. Japanese Table Placing
For the Japanese, each piece of tableware is exclusively designed to honour the individual dish prepared. Adversely, Japanese meals are adjusted accordingly, usually in an unpretentious size giving each individual an adventurous chance to taste all of the dishes prepared. Traditionally, Japanese tableware is fashioned from ceramic materials; a famous practice that dates back centuries old.
A home will not be conclusive without the existence of your inspirational tableware to complete your whole interior and mealtime.