Do you pick up the small bits of food when you're eating?

Pasay, Philippines
June 9, 2012 2:43pm CST
Now I don't think this is debatable. But in my peers, it is. LOL I'm eating a Chow Pao purchased from Chow King. If you're not quite familiar; try visualizing a Siopao (Chinese rice bun which is white in color; sliced in half; put fried Chinese sausage on it, carrots sliced in strips as big as fries, bits of scrambled egg and tofu both sliced into cubes, cabbage strips and thick oyster sauce. Now that's how messy it is. Now as I put it in my mouth; it keeps on dropping each pieces inside. I end up messing my clothes but what the heck. Put tissue on my lap and still its fillings keeps on falling off from the bun. And in the end I keep on picking it up. I usually get dismay if I waste a bit of what i am eating since it is a precious food. Same thing as I finish everything on my plate. I eat up everything despite of being full. I hate to waste food. But others were like, "If it falls from what you are eating, don't pick it up; someone which we 'can't see' (some spirits or such according to the local believe) wants what you're eating or what they called; 'nanghihingi' so be considerate." Worst is my mom; "DON'T PICK IT UP. It's unsanitary" (whereas it didn't end up on the floor yet. Just on my lap. LOLZ) How about your views? Do you pick it up and put it quick on your mouth since it wasn't been a minute being contaminated or leave it as is? Let me know your thoughts or experiences on eating messy **jokes** and happy mylotting ^_^-) Let's eat!
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@PageTurner (2827)
• United States
9 Jun 12
Hello resy21curapika I do pick up the small pieces of the foods and eat them. Sometimes, if they fall within 11 inches of my mouth, I just lick them back up with the tongue. Normally, if the foods fall to the floor, I abide by the 5-second rule, wherein I consider it 'clean' as long as I can retrieve it within 5 seconds. If I am outside in the grass, it can be longer than 5 seconds. But if I am outside, say, at the dump, then it is considered contaminated even in mid-air, before it hits the earth. I don't like the waste food and will eat every morsel. But if there must be some waste, I will see to it that it is made available to the animules.
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• Pasay, Philippines
10 Jun 12
I give food to animals if it is a large amount that fell and if it along the streets. Stray dogs may want it rather putting them in the trash bin then they would keep on scrapping it off just to get the leftovers. I'm also compassionate to animals; LOL. If there's an opportunity to give the food being dropped on dirty places it's better to give it to them them :)
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• United States
10 Jun 12
Indeed.
• United States
9 Jun 12
It depends how much I really wanted to eat the food if I would pick it up after it fell. As far as finishing my plate, I usually try to, but as I am get older I found mysekf eating less food, because of digestive problems.
• Pasay, Philippines
22 Jun 12
I love meat. I can't hold myself not picking it up if it fells. Usually if it is like a part of the bread or a crumb I let it go and such... but not for meat ^_^-) Happy mylotting and thanks for your feedback :)
• United States
22 Jun 12
Meat is special to me as an animal had to die so I could eat it. I don't think its unreasonable to pick it back up and eat it.
@rkennedee (333)
16 Jun 12
even if you think the food fell on a clean space i don't think picking up those food is a right thing to do. This all fall under table manners or etiquette. I suggest that if this is your concerned it is best to put the siopao on a place cut a small pieces using a fork so that nothing will fall and you can eat all of them with grace and a lot of manners.
• Pasay, Philippines
22 Jun 12
Nah.. I don't think it will work for me, I am a busy person and you can't see me eating a proper meal, sitting down on a table for 15-30 minutes everyday. For some reasons my tumbler has always been my best bud during meal time as you will always see me eating lunch and dinner in my cup with a hot noodle or rice; I'm holding it and use a spoon to eat my soups, noodles or oatmeal. You can't see me with fork. I always carry my spoon around for eating purposes that is always on the go. But thanks for sharing your thoughts. You gave me an idea how to eat messy food during parties and such. Yeah, you've got a point back there that etiquette still counts when eating.
@Chikezie (386)
• Malaysia
10 Jun 12
Picking small bits as I eat depends on where it falls to, I easily pick it when it falls on the table so long as it is clean or on my wear. But on the floor, we will not pick it except meat On my wear also depends on how clean it is. If am with a kid, I would most likely not pick it so that the child will not copy me and not use his little discretion. But why should I worry for little that fall as long as there is much to eat.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
10 Jun 12
For me, it depends on what I am eating and where that small bits fell. If it's an unknown place, I better pick it up and throw it to a trash bin. But if a it is a clean and proven to be such, I tend to eat. I found this habit weird for some reasons though.
• Pasay, Philippines
10 Jun 12
If the food fell in the puddle; I would definitely leave it there and not pick it up. LOL. I also have the respect in picking it up and throw it in a garbage bin if it is not edible anymore to save mess from places that i do not own. Other than public places I would definitely not pick up the food and eat if the floor is dusty or along the road. This is also for my sanitation purposes. But if it happens in a room or in a couch, or seats; I can and I will :) I usually do it in the kitchen though; I keep on picking up food pieces when cooking. I am a bad cook when preparing. LOL :)
• Canada
10 Jun 12
For me I admit I am somewhat of a messy eater. When I eat a pita or any time of wrap the results can be disasterish! Now if I drop food on the table or plate then yeah sure I will eat it, but not if it's on the floor. Now I have never heard of this bad luck spirit thing maybe that's a filipino thing. But I bet you are a careful eater are you? I know my girlfriend she is so careful. She even eats most things still half in the wrapper as not to spill any. She told me that most Filipina's are very careful eaters. I am going to have to ask her about the bad luck food thing that you mentioned as i do know that there are many superstitions in the Philippines.
• Pasay, Philippines
10 Jun 12
I am also a messy eater when it comes to pita. We call it much here as Shawarma (that's with beef pieces and cheese with veggies in it) and I even have a lot of sauce put on it. When I take a bite; it really fells off those small pieces and I definitely hate to loose the meat! I love that beefy goodness even in pieces. LOL Thanks for sharing your thoughts and happy mylotting.
@viji_v2 (727)
• India
10 Jun 12
We used to have those rice as rice itself. And even in it, some of my cousins would spill in the place around they are eating. And yes I hate wasting a bit of food. I used to pick those around and if remains as eatable I would surely eat.
• United States
10 Jun 12
i usually pick dropped foods but i never eat them again, i throw it in a trash bin or set it aside wrapped in a tissue to have somebody throw it for me.