How to maintain cleanliness if you are eating with hands?
Wash your hands thoroughly.
It’s rather obvious, but since you will be using your hands, it’s best to wash them thoroughly. It’s customary to have a basin or pail of water close to or on the table if you plan on eating using your hands, so you don’t need to excuse yourself and go to the toilet beforehand. Don’t forget to do it after biting as well.
Use your fingers.
It’s not practical since you won’t be able to do much with your palms. You’ll also look like you haven’t eaten in days if you use your palms when you get your serving of rice and eat it off of your palm. As you read along, you will find the proper technique in eating with hands.
One hand is okay.
Your off-hand is typically used for holding your plate, a bowl of soup, or glass of water. Trying to eat with both hands will only complicate things.
Steps on Eating with Hands
Step 1: Gather up the rice in a small mound.
Using whichever hand you use to hold a spoon, gather up the rice into a small mound. Use your fingers to do this. You can also put a bite-size portion of whatever your viand is underneath the rice.
Step 2: Squeeze in, then press down.
Using the same hand you used in step 1, squeeze your fingers together and press down on the mound of rice you’ve gathered. It makes it easier for you to do the next level.
Step 3: Lift and push.
Lift your hand as soon as you’ve pressed down on the rice mound and bring it to your mouth. All that’s left is for you to open your mouth and push the food in with your thumb.
What can we say?
Indeed, eating with hands for some is unhygienic. But it was different this time. Some studies show the importance of eating with hands. Also, this method of eating is somewhat part of the culture in Asian countries.
Nevertheless, eating with hands can be useful, after all.