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"Dining - Malay and Indian way." Top 5 Page for this destination Johor Bahru Local Custom Tip by A2002

Johor Bahru Local Customs: 9 reviews and 3 photos

Traditionally, Malays and Indians eat with their right hands. No fork and spoon, just use your hand. Remember only the right hand as the left hand is considered dirty. In a Malay restaurant, a kendi (water vessel) may be placed on the table so that guests can wash their hands before tucking in. Otherwise, wash your hands first at the sink.

The way you eat with your right hand:
Keep four fingers together, bend the palm slightly to create a hollow with the thumb. The food and rice will be pressed and squeezed slightly to be able to pick up a mouthful. The food is then picked up with the tips of the fingers, using your thumb to press it. The food is then pushed into the mouth with the thumb.

Usually every person will be given a plate of rice. The meat, vegetables, curries, etc will be shared. Just pick the ingredients with your fingers. For curry or anything with soup, just use a spoon. Alternatively, you can request for fork and spoon.

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  • Written Aug 8, 2003
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