Was that what the nursery rhyme, “Hey Diddle Diddle” meant ?
Haha, eating food laid out on a banana leaf with bare hands — no dishes, no spoons. Again recalling my childhood days in the kampong, I remember my neighbours did this routinely.
Sometimes, we would imitate them too. Somehow, the food, especially with curry, rice, sambal, papadom and all that…tasted better when picked from the banana leaves with one’s own fingers. And of course it was Fingers Licking Good after that…often the spicy sensation would linger on them too. But there was also a technique to be mastered too, like how not to get the entire palm – and sometimes, face – messed up.