Friday, August 22, 2008
The art of eating with your hands
In Bangladesh, as in Uganda, most people eat with their hands, although they are always carefully polite enough to put out utensils for the foreigners.
You'd think it'd be easy to eat with your hands, after all, kids are naturals at it. But try it. When I did, I slopped slop grains of rice and crumbs everywhere and hated the feel of grease on my fingers.
In Islamic Bangladesh there is another rule that makes eating without a fork even harder -- you can only use your right hand. So now you are left to cut meat, dig bones out of fish, mix sauces into rice and deliver all this into your mouth with one greasy hand. It takes practice.
Here's how it's done.