Our ex­pert Shi­tal Kakkar Mehra gives us some tips to have soup in a well-man­nered way dur­ing a busi­ness meal

Soup is one dish that at­tracts nu­mer­ous ques­tions dur­ing work­shops and sem­i­nars. How do you have your soup? Shi­tal Kakkar Mehra gives some soup talk...

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While in at­ten­dance at a busi­ness sem­i­nar or any work­shop, par­tic­i­pants are left in doubt on how to drink soups. What if you slurp? What if it drops? Should you dip the bread in it? Fol­low­ing are few tips for sip­ping soup:

SERV­ING SOUP

Thick soups are served in a soup dish/ bowl and are eaten us­ing a soup spoon.

Thin soups (e.g. Ja­panese Miso) are served in cups, like tea/cof­fee, and are drunk by bring­ing the cup to the lips us­ing both hands. The veg­eta­bles/ noo­dles are eaten us­ing a spoon.

At for­mal din­ners, the soup course is served in flat soup plates (wide-rimmed shal­low bowl), placed on an un­der plate.

SPOON­ING THE SOUP

Hold­ing the soup spoon in your right hand (left­handed per­sons can use their left hand), spoon the soup away from you i.e. to­wards the outer rim of the dish.

DIP­PING THE SPOON

Although not strictly fol­lowed to­day, it is best to dip the soup spoon sideways and sip noise­lessly from the side of the spoon, pre­vent­ing it from drip­ping on you.

COOL­ING IT

Stir­ring vig­or­ously, blow­ing into it or drop­ping ice cubes is handy when cool­ing baby food but not when cool­ing soup in a busi­ness din­ner! Let the soup rest for a cou­ple of min­utes and check the tem­per­a­ture by tak­ing a tiny bit on the soup spoon and touch­ing it with the tip of your tongue (the best in­di­ca­tor of tem­per­a­ture).

DUNKING BREAD IN THE SOUP

Great in the pri­vacy of your home, not at a busi­ness meal.

CROUTONS/ GARNISHES

Tra­di­tional ac­com­pa­ni­ments, served sep­a­rately. Scat­ter a few over the soup.

BREAD

Ei­ther drink the soup or eat the bread but not si­mul­ta­ne­ously (i.e. bread in one hand and soup spoon in the other).

CONDI­MENTS

Re­sist the urge to load the soup with salt / pep­per / soya and chili sauce with­out even tast­ing it.

TIP­PING THE SOUP BOWL

It is ob­vi­ously not pos­si­ble to drink ev­ery last drop of soup, so don't feel guilty about leav­ing a spoon­ful be­hind! To re­trieve the last few spoon­fuls, lightly tip the bowl away from you and col­lect the soup at the edge.

WHEN FIN­ISHED

Place the spoon on the right side of the un­der plate.

And last but not the least, sip not slurp!

It is best to dip the soup spoon sideways and sip noise­lessly from the side of the spoon

Shi­tal Kakkar Mehra Prac­ti­tioner of Cor­po­rate Eti­quette and In­ter­na­tional Pro­to­col in In­dia

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