Why do a lot of Asians slurp even the food that doesn't need to be slurped like a chunk of chicken, broccoli or a potato?

I know slurping is a cultural thing, but why slurp the types of foods that don't need to be slurped?
Why do a lot of Asians slurp even the food that doesn't need to be slurped like a chunk of chicken, broccoli or a potato...?

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If this Q offended anyone or just sounded silly, I apologize. I don't know any Asian people in real life, so I was just really wondering why this is. I get slurping soup or noodles... but roasted meat - why?
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So it's a cultural appreciation of food + habit.
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  • it's showing someone that your really enjoying a meal and are greatful to be eating... like... there is a limit to how loud u need to slurp tho is... like if they can hear u that's find... but... not every one in the building needs to know cause then can throw others off there meal

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  • Well, I HAVE been around tons of Asian people all my life in real life, and I've never seen them "slurping" things like chicken, broccoli, or potatoes. =/ The only things they may slurp --- and this only goes for some individuals, not all --- are noodles and rice. And even in the case of rice, this is only done when eaten from those small bowls that are meant to be held in one hand, while you eat with chopsticks in your other hand: this is because the rice is meant to be eaten by putting the small bowl to your lips, and then scooping up the rice into your mouth with the chopsticks (so it's a little like "slurping up soup" from a bowl).

    I don't recommend getting one's opinion about the way real Asian people behave from YouTube or even from Asia's own media. You know how people accept that Western media can be misleading and doesn't represent the way real people look and behave? Well, Asian media can be misleading too, but to an even more extreme degree. Everything from their their movie actors, to their comedians, to their porn stars, and even their news anchors seem to act in ways that are meant to please their audience -- not to represent how real people look and behave.

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  • Because you actually enjoy food that way instead of being polite in the western world being quiet using the proper fork and spoon. Asian culture has perfected food, wouldn't even question it they're on another level. Shows you actually enjoy the food you're eating.

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  • I'm not Asian, but my understanding is that in some places in the world, the louder ones eats their food, the more polite they are because it shows one is enjoying it.

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  • You don't know any in real life. How did you get to this conclusion then?

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  • First, let me say I strongly oppose condonment of oversensitivity in the sense of "If this Q offended anyone," lest we forget there are no stupid questions. As for the question itself, it's just a cultural thing. This means that it will be more general than specific. The way I see it they don't think about what needs to be slurped, they just know they should. Therefore they will slurp anything that can be slurped. Some people are just better at it.

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  • Why do white girls drink starbucks coffee, you can get cheaper coffee elsewhere?

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    • Good point. I totally agree... I wouldn't know, though, I don't have Starbucks in my country...

    • bc starbucks tastes a lot better and they make the best iced coffee

  • Well it depends on how our elder teach us when we are growing up or maybe we learn from someone when we were young and it turns into a habit, i don't slurp meat because i found that quite annoying.

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  • Asians think everything has to be rushed. Including and especially eating and drinking.

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  • maybe it's a sound a just made from slurping noodles and maybe it tastes so damn good to them they love it I don't eat with them so I don't know

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  • its the culture, thats how they enjoy their food.

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What Girls Said 9

  • I think it's just the culture. They have different views of table manners than most western societies. I think the quieter you are when you eat in Asian cultures then the less you like the food and that's offensive. But here it's the opposite. I hate the sound of people slurping and smacking their lips, though...

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  • From what I know about this, is that in especially China, it's seen as very polite if you slurp, burp or chew loudly while eating food. It means that you're enjoying your meal.

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  • It's a cultural thing, slurping ir making sound when you eat means that you're enjoying and appreciating the food, if you don't it can be considered as rude or unpolite.

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  • No idea why they do it to foods that don't need to be but I know slurping food is seen as a compliment and means you're enjoying it

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  • It is habit, they do it a lot with their cultural food, so when eating something else, their brains still function to tell them it's slurping time.

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  • It's a culture thing. It's meant to show the chef how much they enjoy and appreciate the food.

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  • I was trained to not make slurping noises when I eat. Depends on your family.

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  • i guess its a habit

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  • Why do white girls always go to Starbucks?

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    • Ask someone who has that in their country... =)
      But I hear it's delicious...

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