This post is related to previous Indonesia banget post called The Floor Sitter. This is a very short Indonesia Banget post 😉
Here in Indonesia, you can easily find people who enjoy eating with their hand instead of using spoon and fork. Spoon and fork are used after the Westerners came to Indonesia, chopsticks are used after the Chinese and Japanese came to Indonesia…long before they came, we use our hands. Till this day, many people are still using their hands.
I am going to exclude the overly rich people because those people already feel that using hand is disgusting.
When I say using hand, I mean RIGHT hand. The custom is left hand to wipe your ass and right hand to shake hands and to eat. NO ONE EATS WITH THEIR LEFT HAND, with or without the help of spoon. It is considered impolite and dirty to use left hand to eat.
The amount of people using spoon and fork is rising each year but the one using their hands are still more than those using spoon. The Sumatran can even use their hand to eat rice soak in soup water. My father is one of them.
If you never eat rice with your right hand, you might think that it’s an easy task…but, I know a Japanese woman who once married to an Indonesian. She told me than she tried to be polite with her husband family by trying to eat with her hand, she who mostly uses chopstick and spoon told me that her rice often fell from between her fingers. It was very difficult for her.
At home, I often use my hands rather than using spoon…but when I am at the office or other place, I prefer using spoon because for me using hand means comfort and comfort is something I find at home.