midlet2013 wrote:Actually, I dont think it is embarrassing. Its actually good that people here have an option to eat anyway they want unlike korea or japan where u are forced to eat with chopsticks n sit on floor whether you are comfortable.
Korea and Japan are both culturally waaay more homogeneous. You can't expect every foodplace in either to cater for a table of non-locals who are never going to suddenly show up one day. I don't recall feeling 'forced' to use chopsticks in either country. At the time when I didn't know how to, I just went to places where I didn't have to use them (McDonalds, Tony Romas, even eating sushi should be done with your hands). But my colleagues took great/amused pleasure in teaching me how to use them, particularly in the relatively tricky JPnese style, i.e held together and parallel, and rotated around a mid-stick axis. It was all part of bonding I suppose, plus I was then able to go and savour local food in places that wouldn't have cutlery. Watcha gonna do... live in Japan and never get to enjoy shabu-shabu or sukiyaki, simply because you can't eat either with a fork and spoon?
midlet2013 wrote:As an indian, I eat all kinds of food (beef or pork). And yet , I know Singaporeans and other nationalalties, who will eat anything except Indian. If you ask for suggestions, they will suggest anything from Local to Japanese to Korean to French to Italian but never never never Indian. And if they ever end up in an Indian restaurant, they will act as lost as I will be in Antarctica. And yet, they have spent a bulk of their life in Singapore which has different types of food options.
I know plenty of British people who won't/don't/'can't' eat Indian food. It's unfamiliar, hence a risk, 'No I can't have Indian, it'd be so hot it'd kill me; I think I'll have fish and chips instead'. This is more common amongst the older, the poorer, and those who haven't travelled far. How many SGns or Indians would be confident going to say a smarter British restaurant and figuring out how to correctly use the 5 sets of cutlery and 3 glasses in the place-setting of a typical 5-course meal? Easier going down the local Indian/Chinese maybe?
My parents act 'pretty lost' when ever we eat somewhere where the food is at all spicy. They can be overly concerned that the meal will be wasted as it'll be too spicy for them to eat. Even the mildest of mild 'kormas' might have them turning beetroot and gasping for breath
It's not that they aren't willing to try (they have travelled around Asia quite widely, including India + Sr Lanka), just they can't compute why you'd want to kill quality ingredients, and make it so challenging to enjoy.
That said, for rather contrary reasons they've really
taken to Lingham's sweet chili sauce. Perhaps it's because they know precisely what to expect of it; and that they can deal with it. They would have first had it staying with me here in the 90's. Nowadays there's always a bottle in the cupboard (even Waitrose back home stock it these days). And when ever my mother cooks up a trad British fish pie, one of our collective favs, that bottle of Linghams will
be on the table, guaranteed