Bringing your own eating utensils ...
- ipsedixit Aug 8, 2006 09:03 PM
Ok, weird question ... any of you folks out there bring your own eating utensils to a restaurant (stemware excluded)?
I have an aunt who refuses to eat with those prickly, break-apart-before-you-use chopsticks that come pre-wrapped in an advertisement paper sleeve, and insists on bringing her own porcelain set.
To each her own, I suppose ...
At most Ethiopian restaurants around here, you are supposed to eat with your hands. You take some injera (flatbread), and use it to enfold and scoop up the stewed meats and vegetables.
It works fine but you wind up eating a lot of injera. I like injera but I tend to get "injera bloat."
So I bring my own fork, and eat the food with minimal injera.
So far I have not been charged forkage.
In Japan, it's actually considered a major faux pas to stick one's chopsticks into food, especially rice. This only occurs at funerals, where a bowl of rice is placed at the altar with the chopsticks poked into an upright position. It's also considered bad form to hand food from one person to another using chopsticks since this is what is done with the bones of a body after it has been cremated.
As choctastic notes correctly above, eating sushi with your hands is considered the proper thing to do in that country.
how would one properly eat chirashi then?
sashimi laden on rice requires some sort of mode of transport to get rice to mouth. or are there special exceptions then? and then would that make chopsticks the least used utensils if you shouldn't be sticking them into food? this doesn't quite seem right....
i don't know if this should really be considered all that strange...
most of the better japanese restaurants near me will hold a pair of proper chopsticks in a wooden box for you if you're enough of a regular. means less wastage of trees and ideal eating!