It turns out there’s actually a methodology to eating with your hands. Since I’m on this Indiana Jones kick, remember in Temple of Doom when they arrive in the village and they offer them food? Indy is seen (tried my durndest to get a screenshot) cupping his hand to eat the various veg foods in a very particular manner. This is actually a legitimate eating technique that he is using in this scene. Whether it’s something Harrison picked up while they were filming in Sri Lanka (Indian Government denied permission to film in India based on racist insinuations in the script) or it was a carefully laid hand gesture based on cultural, or completely random knowledge we’ll never know.
The staple dish of Nepal, Dal Bhat, is a rice and vegetable dish typically eaten with the right hand. The idea is to create a spoon-like shape with your hand and then allow the suction of your mouth to do the rest. There’s a trick to it and for those who are used to the high-toned silverware it is an adjustment, but quite natural once you adjust.
On the note of this scene from Temple of Doom, however, they are given a large amount of food despite the poverty of the area. A phenomenon I have encountered myself. Nepal is not impoverished, per say, but I have had families I’ve known only a few minutes insist I call them “mother and “father,” then proceed to stuff me full of Dal Bhat and anything and everything else they may have in the house.
For more small in Indy stay tuned.