Meals in Bangladesh begin with hand washing since the right hand [Muslim custom] is used to scoop food into one’s mouth. Because no other eating utensils are used, meat and vegetables are cut and cooked in small pieces. The left hand may be used to pick up a water glass or handle a serving spoon. Hosts often choose to serve rather than eat with their guests. They place food on the plates, since it can be awkward for individuals to serve themselves with their left hand. Meals end as they begin, with hand washing.