Well, that’s not something you see every day. In Malaysia, we are accustomed to eating with our bare hands. It is a tradition and most of us are comfortable eating in this fashion. However, when eating something with gravy, or soup especially noodles, it makes a lot more sense to eat with cutleries. But when this video came up on Twitter, almost half of the netizen admittedly practice it too! (What is going on here?!)
Ada orang first time makan Laksa Johor dengan tangan 😂♥️ pic.twitter.com/lXgx5bTjb2
— ASH (Foodhunter) (@Ashril_92) August 9, 2020
Eating Laksa With Bare Hands Is A Johorean Thing
Shared by @Ashril_92 on Twitter, the video shows a lady who ate Laksa Johor barehanded for the first time. Although it is a very unusual sight for some, a lot of people in the comment section agreed it’s the best way to eat the dish. Some even say that it is customary for Johorean to eat noodles that way. In addition, they even claimed that the method was passed down from their parents and grandparents.
sir aku kata makan pakai tangan baru nampak macam orang johor 😂 pic.twitter.com/UFT4zDIlk7
— . (@shdhjunaidi) May 23, 2018
“My lecturer said that eating with bare hands will make you look like a Johorean.”
“It’s not that you must eat it that way but it tastes better eating with your hands.”
“Eating Laksa with your bare hands is the best! That’s what my grandmother taught me, it’s satisfying!”
But How Are You Going To Sip The Soup?
It is only natural for the other half netizen to be confused with this information. Eating long noodles with bare hands is one thing but how are you going to enjoy the soup later when you are done with the noodles? Not to mention the amount of mess you will make when the soup drips around.
“Thing is, even when my hometown is in Johor, I have never eaten Laksa Johor with my bare hands”
“Are you seriously eating with your bare hands… This is a first for me..”
“Who would’ve eaten noodles with a lot of soup with their bare hands..”
“Why are you using your hands??”
Respect Each Other’s Preferences
At the end of the day, it is a matter of preference. It might be hard for people who use cutleries to comprehend this method of eating Laksa Johor, but to some, it is a tradition that allows them to fully experience eating it the old ways. On the other hand, it was interesting to find out that there are two sides to this matter. How about you? Do you enjoy eating Laksa Johor this way? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section below!
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