Another huge advantage to ordering your meal and tucking into it within the boundaries of your own home: You can be as messy if you like! You can enjoy the ultimate luxury of eating in your bed, without ever touching a pan. In this case we recommend scooping your dish onto a plate, unless if you don’t mind sleeping under bedcovers full of red curry stains. In case you do want to keep it clean – perhaps you’re dining in with a love interest and would prefer not to come across like a 5-year old -, here are the dishes to definitely avoid:
There’s no shame in not knowing how to transport a fork full of spaghetti into your mouth without spilling sauce all over yourself: It is so much of an art that youtube is plastered with spaghetti eating tutorials. Whether you go the traditional way of rolling the pasta onto your fork with a spoon to assist, or impatiently cut it into little bits, unless you have undergone years of extensive training you will fail to look charming whilst gorging down your Arabiata. And you probably won’t look as cute as this one here:
Firstly there is the skill of using chopsticks to tackle. For some of you this may have been an easy nut to crack, for the motorically-challenged however this is not to be underestimated. Generally a simple maki can easily fit in the mouth, but the larger Inside Outs or Futo Tempura’s (you know, those superyummy deepfried ones!) are very hard to chew and swallow. Famous sushi chef Jiro (recommended movie: Jiro dreams of sushi!) has realised and has reduced the size of his sushi for the ladies. Since he has not opened his take away service in Berlin yet, we will have to keep chewing with our mouths open.
Some good news, it seems that in the western world we have been a bit too hard on ourselves when it comes with sushi-etiquette. For instance, when eating the larger Nigiri, it is totally okay to use your hands!
Drippy cheese, tomato sauce and loose toppings: Pizza carries all the hallmarks of a messy meal. Of course, you could cut each slice in tiny bite-sized bits, but who really does that when no one is watching…?