Silly suggestion? Good suggestion but not acceptable? What do you think?
The pros and cons in my view
Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene.
We need to wash our hands before we eat. Sometimes we’re just too lazy to do it.
It is quite common to find unclean soaps in restaurants.
Wash rooms with bad smells are common too. It deters people from spending as much time cleaning their hands as they should (some may say they won’t bother going to wash rooms at all).
And after eating? Ethiopian dish is spicy and oily. Eating with hands means we get from here,
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It takes me a minimum of two minutes to clean my hands. I tend to take more if I’m not in a hurry. Nails are the worst part. It must be even harder for people with longer nails.
- Tradition. We have so far been eating with our hands. Endewegu endebahilu enketilbet.
- Injera is too fluffy to manage with knife and fork.
- Knives and forks are extra cost.
- Not a con as such.. but let’s not forget knives and forks must be kept clean too.
Nevertheless I think we should start using utensils. Retaining tradition should be lower in the priority list when it comes to hygiene. Injera is too fluffly but we can teach ourselves to use eating utensils for injera.
I say eating utensils because we may find a better alternative than knives and forks. Comparison criteria for utensils can be convenience for use, cost, ease of cleaning, and so forth.
People use chopsticks for example.
It’s hard to image using two thin sticks to eat pasta – for someone who hasn’t used chopsticks before. But it is doable. What’s nice about chopsticks is they’re cheap to produce and easy to carry around.
We can also change how we present our food. Take a stack of injera and wet in a lunch box for example. It is quite easy to eat with a spoon or fork. We don’t necessary have to eat injera off plates.
Most other dish I can think of are relatively easy to eat with utensils. Tibs and kitfo with fork, atikilt with fork and knife (we’re doing this already), genfo with spoon (we do that too), rice with spoon. By the way, wet can be eaten on it’s own too (I do it all the time because I don’t have access to injera). Misir wet be ergo…Yummy.
tiru hasab new? Then let’s do it! I’ll remember to try this next time I visit an Ethiopian restaurant. I can already guess all the BS people will say, but somebody has to start it! I can sit back and relax when my friends get busy washing up.