The Malays here still eat rice with their bare hands, which I find disgusting. Yes, it does take some technique, particularly in pushing the rice into your mouth, your thumb is the key. It was taught to me by a Chinese teacher when I was still schooling.
Ever heard of the fruit Durian? 99.9% people here eat it with their hands, I'm the only weird guy eating it by sticking a sharp fork into the seed. The civilized way to eat? I find it disgusting to mesh the fruit with my fingers.
Oh, but durian is a different beast altogether - not everyone eats it to begin with :)
I just spoke with an old friend earlier today who came back (briefly) from abroad. I asked him about eating with his hands in India and he just shrugged and said it's no big deal. No big mess, nothing - even with curry on rice. Just eat like everyone else and enjoy it.
Exactly my experience :)
Originally Posted by Asteger