Thursday, September 18, 2008

Table sharing

Table sharing refers to sharing a table in a restaurant by customers or groups of customers who may not know each other.

Table sharing in Chinese culture

Table sharing is a practice that is common in old-style ''yum cha'' Chinese restaurants, ''dai pai dongs'' and ''cha chaan tengs'' in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and parts of China. By practicing table sharing, two groups of customers who may not know each other sit together around a table in the restaurant, and are able to get a table faster than waiting for the first group to finish.

Today, tables are also often shared at Western-style food courts, as these are very popular and fill up quickly.

Table sharing in other cultures

Table sharing is also practiced in Germany, as well as in Japan.

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