The other type is the flat-bottomed ceramic Chinese soup spoon.
The soup spoon is placed innermost at the right of the plate on which the soup bowl will be set, with smaller spoons ranged outside it. [Note: The previous does not seem correct. The usual practice is to set flatware from outside to inside in the order used. Since soup is usually the first course, the soup spoon would go outermost.]
A good soup spoon is large enough to deform the mouth when it is pushed in like a shovel. Sipping soup from the side of the spoon might be too refined for some company; sophisticated diners adjust their table manners to suit others. Etiquette for eating soup from a wide, flat bowl with a spoon does vary, but classical manners do consist of these points:
The logic of the second and fourth points is to avoid spilling soup in the lap for western cultures, whereas in eastern cultures rather to have the soup spill on oneself than to disrupt the meals of others (and possibly spill it on them).
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