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Benazir Khan May 13 2014

Food eating guide for difficult foods

Debangana Sen May 13 2014
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If the only thing stopping you from ordering exotic dishes like lobsters or snails is the fear of not knowing how to eat them properly and looking like an uncultured pig, then put your fears aside. Our comprehensive food eating guide for some of these tricky but delicious foods will help you eat them gracefully.


Handling a whole lobster can be an intimidating experience. A delicious treat, lobsters are probably the most exasperating foods to tackle. Lobsters are usually served with the shell already cracked at certain places for convenience. If not, you will be served with a lobster cracker and a lobster pick. The easiest way to go about it is to dismantle the lobster piece by piece with the lobster cracker and then pick out the sweet, juicy flesh with the lobster pick.

Do not hesitate to use your hands--a few twists and tugs will help you get to the juicy bits. And dont feel silly about wearing a bib (all good restaurants will offer one). Eating lobsters can be messy--but is great fun.

Photo of a whole lobster dish (by nicole tarazona)

A few more handy tips:

1. If there is a choice between a hard shell and a shedder (soft shelled) lobster, go for the shedder as the shell is more pliable. But remember it is smaller and has less meat compared to the hard-shelled ones.

2. If you are especially fond of the tail meat, go for a female lobster.

3. Choose lobsters that appear active and have brighter colour.

Crabs are handled in a similar fashion. Now that you know how to eat crustaceans with elan, try some out. Here’s a list of places to try seafood in Goa.


Also known as the arch enemy of the white shirt, spaghetti is a difficult food to handle if you dont know the correct way of eating it. The trick is to catch as few as two or three strands on your fork and then to twirl your fork against a tablesppon held in your other hand. This will give you a pretty decent bite size. Trying to twirl a whole lot of spaghetti on your fork will give you a giant spaghetti ball that will be difficult to fit in your mouth without looking silly. Also, make sure all the twirling action happens in the middle of your plate otherwise you risk splattering sauce all around. Use a napkin frequently to blot any sauce at the corners of your mouth. Cutting your spaghetti into small pieces is considered very rude...unless you are less than 6 years old. Slurping is also a big NO.

Photo of seafood spaghetti (by Benjie Ordonez)

Whole Fish

This one is tricky. Usually trout, snapper and bass are served whole. Cut off the head just behind the gills or fillet your fish by holding it in place with a fork and slicing it from head to tail and opening up the body. To remove the bones, push your knife under the backbone and lift up and place it on a separate dish. In case you get a bone in your mouth, discreetly pull it out with your fingers and place it on the bone dish provided. Wipe your fingers before handling the cutlery again. As easy as it may sound, deboning a fish needs a lot of practice. So have patience. Cardiff and France are some of the best places to enjoy a good ‘fishy’ dish.

Photo of a deep fried whole fish dish (by Takeaway)


So you’re in Paris and are dying to sample the “escargots” but dont know how to handle them. Your food eating guide for snails is simple. Reach for the cocktail fork. Use it to delicately prise out the delicious butter-soaked delight from its shell.

Photo of Escargot a la Bourguignonne (by eatingeast)


Eating sushi is defintely tricky if you are not too comfortable using chopsticks. The delicate art of picking up sushi on chopsticks and dipping it in in the soy sauce without dismantling it takes time and practice. Remember to take small nibbles on the pickled ginger in between bites of sushi not with it. If dipping the sushi in soy sauce seems difficult, dip the pickled ginger in the soy sauce and use it brush the soy over your sushi. Keep in mind that it is perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with your hands. So if you absolutely cannot handle chopsticks, use your hands.

Photo of a sushi platter (by Steve Snodgrass)


Melting stringy cheese, falling toppings, cheese and sauce sticking to your fingers and lips--well there is no way of eating a pizza gracefully. Pizza is one of the most wonderful finger foods so use your hands. If, however, you are in a posh restaurant, it might be a good idea to use a fork and knife.

Photo of a Californian Pizza (by Janine)


Croissants and other flaky pastries give a cheerful start to any breakfast, but can be a little messy to eat. The correct way to eat a croissant is with your fingers. If you want to add jelly or preserves, carefully tear off a small bit of your croissant and spoon on the topping.

Photo of a croissant (by sketchyboyy)

Big Boy Burgers

Burgers are one of the most inelegant foods ever. You cannot open your mouth wide enough to get a proper bite (with all the layers), and nibbling it undermines the structural integrity of your burger. The good news is there is no right way of eating a burger. So open wide and sink your teeth in! Let the serving plate and the napkin on your lap catch the rest.

Photo of a Mega Hamburger (by Marshall Astor)


Soup eating might be a casual affair at home, but there is a proper way to eat your soup in a more formal setting. The soup spoon is the farthest one on your right (with the deep, round bowl). Scoop up the soup from the side of the bowl farthest from you, bring it close to your mouth and sip (never slurp) from the side of the spoon facing you. Tip: Fill only about ¾ of your spoon with the soup to avoid spillage. When you are almost finished, tilt the bowl away from you and scoop up the remaining soup in a similar manner as described above. Never drag your spoon against the bottom of the bowl.

Photo of a potato chorizo soup (by jeffreyw)

So this was our food eating guide for some of the most delicious foods that are a tad difficult to eat. Do you have some more to add to the list? Don’t forget to share, like and comment.
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