Chicken head etiquette
My editor, Kate, stopped over to ask me what I thought the etiquette was in this situation. (Like I would know.) Last weekend she attended an authentic Chinese banquet in a Virginia restaurant, one at which many of the guests were Chinese.
The dinner was seated but had shared dishes. By mistake the first thing she served herself was the chicken head that was being used as a garnish in a chicken dish. ...
She stared at it in horror (it stared back) and decided she couldn't eat anything with a chicken head on her plate. Even if she covered it with a lettuce leaf she would know it was there.
Her dilemma was this: Her plate was untouched. The chicken and its garnish was the first thing she had put on it. Should she put the head back and be able to eat the rest of her meal? Apparently she didn't think of asking for another plate.
Or should she suck it up and try to enjoy her chicken head? (Haha. Just kidding.)
I thought she probably couldn't put it back, but she managed to do it without offending anyone.
BTW, I wasn't able to come up with chicken head-specific art, so that's why the generic photo of a restaurant kitchen in China.