Eating Manners

@mathejo (156)
Philippines
December 22, 2011 5:51am CST
Have you tried eating with your hands? or do you even know how?
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13 responses
@topffer (33790)
• France
22 Dec 11
It is a matter of habits. I have learned to eat with a spoon and a fork, and later with chopsticks in Chinese restaurants. During some holidays in North Africa I had also to eat with my fingers, like everyone there. By the way, people in Africa are eating with 3 fingers only, not with the hand.
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• United States
22 Dec 11
They generally use the first three fingers, right? They use them to "scoop" their food rather like a spoon ... unless whatever they are eating needs to be grasped, that is, right? I was watching a show where they were doing this, and they had to show the American how to do it. He was trying very hard and eventually got it, but he said it was more difficult than it looked. The native people were good-naturedly laughing and teasing him as he was learning, and he was laughing and joking back with them.
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@topffer (33790)
• France
22 Dec 11
Yes, it is not easy at all to not eat with all fingers, especially for things like semolina. It is not very difficult to learn it, but I don't feel very comfortable using this natural "spoon". Anyways if you are invited in a family, you have to try, and even some restaurants have no spoon and fork to offer.
• United States
22 Dec 11
Considering that the first way that a baby learns to feed himself or herself is with their hands, then at some point we have all eaten with our hands ... unless we were born without them. In this case, most learn to adapt by using their feet in the same manner as they would their hands.
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@hvedra (1623)
22 Dec 11
Have you tried eating without using your hands. Kinda difficult...
25 Dec 11
yeah best response ever... and it is much difficult if You are eating using your feet. (lol)....hapy new year. well here in the philippines we use our hand eating but here my place we dont usualy do it as often as it is. but it was good o using or bare hands specially if were having pork barbecue with fresh tomato.. (lol)
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@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
25 Dec 11
We, chinese do not have the habit or culture of eating with our hands. I've tried it once when i'm eating with friends of other religion and i don't like it. It dirties my hand because of the kind of food i'm eating. I'm used to the privilege of using utensils, so it's really difficult for me to eat with bare hands. There are certain food i would eat hands, such as Chicken wings, Prata, other than that, everything has to be fork, spoon or knife and chopsticks.
• India
23 Dec 11
Hello mathejo , in our country people do not follow these kind of unnecessary manner. We used to have the diner, lunch, breakfast with our hands itself . I have seen that, so many people eat by using spoon or like that .
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
23 Dec 11
I am a Filipino, therefore i know how to eat "mano-mano"
@umesh9889 (201)
• India
22 Dec 11
In my country i.e India people love to eat with their hands, and about 65% population do that on regular basis, we love the food and most of the dishes and food stuff that we eat tastes great with hands only..
@marguicha (91812)
• Chile
22 Dec 11
I was taught since childhood to eat with spoons, forks and knives. I donĀ“t do well with my hands and I just cannot eat with chopsticks (food ends up on the floor). I went once, a long time ago, to an eastern restaurant where we sat in cushions and had to eat with the hands. A friend has taken us there. I was about to pick up some of the food as the friend has taught me to do, when she cried in horror that I had to do it with my right hand (I am lefthanded and cannot do much with the other hand). So that was the only time I tried it.
@nezavisima (7418)
• Bulgaria
22 Dec 11
I can eat with your hands when I'm home. this is a very nice feeling, I always enjoy it. Yet at home everything is permitted. Yet sometimes when you're very hungry, it is better to eat without hands. interesting discussion. nice day!
@Queen_11 (308)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Definitely! It is more convenient for me eating using my hands especially when the food is crispy. However, I just do it in the comfort of our home.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Yes I do eat sometimes with my hands. I like it rather using spoon and fork. But I have nothing against spoon and fork. Eating using hands has been the tradition here in the Philippines.
• India
22 Dec 11
We in India eat mostly with hands. Although we use spoon and fork, we relish more when we eat with hands. Any dish tastes better when felt with hands before putting in the mouth for its taste. Welcome to mylot and happy mylotting.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
22 Dec 11
Here in our country eating without spoon and fork is commonly done. Usually at the household setting, its acceptable especially when the one your with are family members. There are those that consider eating with hands as sort of taboo but I would say it depends on the country. Practically here in the Philippines it is something that is commonly done and I myself do it on some occasions. I really do not know but there is really something different when you eat with your bare hands... it's enjoyable and eating seems great and fun when you do it with your bare hands. Of course on formal occasions, eating with bare hands is probably not good to see and look.