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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Japanese Culture –Slurp-

Do you slurp when you eat noodles? Is slurp allowed in your country? I would answer these questions I slurp noodles and it is allowed in Japan.

Most Japanese slurp noodles in Japan. It doesn’t matter to slurp noodles if you are woman or man. Eating noodles with sounds is considered to make noodles good. Conversely, if you don’t make noise when you eat noodles, some Japanese may think the way you do is strange. I cannot say exact reason why Japanese slurp, but a blogger I fond on the internet said “Japanese people slurp because they enjoy more food flavor by slurping noodles.”




In my case, I decide noodles to slurp and not to slurp. I slurp cold noodles mainly like Zaru Soba and Hiyashi-Chuka. I don’t slurp spaghetti and hot noodles because I don’t want to splash sources or soup on my face and clothe.

I could know slurp is special culture in Japan when I had learned that slurp is considered as a bad manner in the U.S or Europe in my English class. Making noise during eating is bad manner in western countries. Sometimes, people can see parodies that Japanese eat spaghetti with making noise at a restaurant, and other westerners gaze him with unpleasant faces.

Interestingly, people who don’t slurp in their lives cannot slurp. I have watched a video that a westerner tried to slurp ramen, but he couldn’t slurp like Japanese do.

How about in your country? Do you slurp noodles? Is the action is allowed?

25 comments:

Pierre-Yann said...

Make noise while eating is concidered bad manners here in France.

I don't slurp. But I generally suck spagetti and noddles, avoiding making noise. I cannot eat spagetti with the help of a spoon.

Some people cut the noddles to avoid completly the problems (but that is considered bad taste).

I think that the difference comes from the tools we use. Fork allow to put a great amount of food (not in formed shape, like noddle, or no-pellet rice) in the mouth. Not chopsticks (or I'm not able to that)

soursop said...

i'm not sure which culture my family follows closely (i guess it's Chinese habit), but we are not allowed to make noise while eating at the dining table together. noise: slurping, chewing, the sound of eating utensils (spoon/fork), talking while chewing, etc. i'm used to eating quietly now ^^ but i can still slurp if i want to =)

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

It is ok for me to see people slurp noodles, but I don't like to see people who slurp spagetti. I don't know why, but sounds unpleasant in spagetti case.

Yeah, i agree with the tool idea. Scratching sounds of folk and knife is not good, right? I don't like the sound...

kayanon said...

soursop>

So i guess Singapore and Japan is quite similar in this point.

Both men and women make sounds when they slurp? I found a survey that men slurp but women don't slurp in Malaysia.

Gemma said...

なんか外国人はお蕎麦とかを、わざと音を立てて食べないといけないと思っているとか聞いたよ~。

私はスパゲティはフォークだけで食べるし音も出さないけど(そのまま口に入れるから音を立てようが無い)、ラーメンやうどんは温かくてもすするよ。

西洋人には、すすって食べるのは行儀が悪く見えるのかも知れないけど、音がどうのと指摘する前に、お箸を上手に使ってくださいと願う私です。

Ragge said...

Hehe, interesting post :-)
In Norway it is considered unpolite to slurp, but when I'm eating noodles or spaghetti with friends we always agree that it is allowed to slurp :-D Like we can agree on using our fingers when eating chicken legs :-P

Is it true that in Japan when you are pleased with the food after a meal it is polite to burp? I was always told that when I was little....

kayanon said...

gennma>

私も、正直この件を通して西洋の方たちって変なところで繊細なのかなと思いました (--;)

でも最近では箸を上手に使っている方が多いような気がします。日本料理の普及からでしょうか。しかし、日本にいながらにして、おうどんなどをフォークで意固地に使っている人を見ると、どうかと思います。

kayanon said...

ragge>

It is untrue to burp during or after eating meal. Old people or middle aged men do it, but is considred as bad manner. However, it is not strict as western manner, I think.

hirazon said...

はじめまして、hirazon です。

「Blogger」のコミュニティ書き込みを見て来ました。

英文のブログだと外国の方ともコミュニケーションがとれていいですね。

英語は好きなので、ちょこちょこ勉強してますが、書いたり、話したりとなるとダメです。



外国の方が、そばの食べ方を気にするのに、何となく同感できます。

自分も最近はスパゲティを食べるのに音を立てないように意識してしまいます。

気にせず食べている人も結構多いですけど。

kayanon said...

hirazonさん、コメントありがとうございます!私も実は、自分の英語が(文法など)あっているか自信はないのですが、とりあえず練習だと思って書いています。

私もスパゲッティーはさすがに勢いよくすすっては食べません。カレーうどんもそうですが、ぜったい後で服を汚して後悔してしまうので…。

マーヴィン said...

those noodles look 美味しい!^^

In western culture, only loud burping is considered impolite. And you should hold a hand bofore your mouth when you burp.
As for slurping. When i were in a foreign country I would just imitate the way the locals eat. Thats part of the fun =D

kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment, マーヴィン.

Ramen on the picture is my mother's cook. I love her ramen.

When I was in Canada, I tried not to sip hot tea and coffee, but it was hard try for me...

yondaime_m22 said...

Actually in Malaysia,people usually don't slurping because it is considered as not polite.But some of the people still doing it.Either man nor woman.To me it is okay to slurp as long as the soup or sauces don't splash towards me.

kayanon said...

yondaime_m22>

Yeah, splashing is one of problems for me.

How about sipping? Sipping coffee or tea is ok in your country?

ShennongShi said...

I love Japanese noodle, they are the best in the world. SO many different type. Spagetti is good but different. Let me ask a simple question here :
In winter, a bowl of noodle with hot(temperature) soup or a plate of spagetti, no other stuff, just salt and pepper?
Pls be reasonable when you answer this.

kayanon said...

shennongshi>

about your question, you ask kind of noodles?

Kuntry Konfession said...

slurping is so natural though....how can one eat noodles without slurping? i think it's one of the fun of eating noodles.
burps and farts are impolite! and should not be mixed during eating moments. ewww!
but drinking beer and burping should be acceptable!

Hunwaka said...

Hello from Panama!

Love your blog. Reminds me of when Ilived in Japan in the small town I called Nichi Tachikawa. Really it was Fujimicho, however, I'm glad to make contact with you. I am Roberto Reid and I am Panamanian and very new to blogging. I hope thatone day you can read my story of how it was when I lived in Japan. Please visit my blogsite at http://Satsimo.Blogia.com. It's in Spanish but if you cannot understand, just post your visit in English. Loved your photos of your grandfather's rice farm. Reminds me of beautiful times.

kayanon said...

Thank your for your message, hunwaka!

i have been to Tachikawa once. I will try to keep this blog up! i will visit your site soon!

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