View Poll Results: Can you slurp your noodles?

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  • Yes, I can

    108 70.59%
  • No, I can't

    14 9.15%
  • I have never tried

    19 12.42%
  • I think it's disgusting!!

    12 7.84%
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Thread: To slurp or not to slurp??

  1. #76
    Goldiegirl's Avatar Female
    Join Date: Aug 10, 2006
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    I can't stand the sound. It's disgusting. I wouldn't be allowed to eat at the table if I made all those icky, smacking sounds. My mother would've have asked me if I was raised in a barn. Truthfully my horses eat quieter. I can't even tolerate the sound of my cats eating canned food! YUCK! Oh, the burping out loud annoys me too!
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  2. #77
    antinec's Avatar AntiNEC Male
    Join Date: Apr 29, 2007
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta
    Posts: 6
    I can slurp, but the water in the soup flies everywhere, namely in my wife's face
    She still insists I slurp, regardless.

  3. #78
    Pepe's Avatar 先輩 Male
    Join Date: Jun 18, 2006
    Location: Auckland
    Posts: 177
    New Zealand
    I only slurp when I'm alone as it is a bit taboo out west. I don't mind it though, but it's when people chew with their mouth open that I loose it. That's the wrong kind of See-Food diet!

  4. #79
    TuRbOxChAz's Avatar 後輩 Male
    Join Date: May 2, 2007
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    my friends got me to slurp all types of noodles...and now my mom is like "wtf, don't make so much noise when eating!" cuz we're korean and we don't slurp.

  5. #80
    a51ts4's Avatar 先輩 Male
    Join Date: May 1, 2007
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    I'm not used to making the noise. So I tend not to do it. Although, Portuguese people tend to slurp eating soup (at least in my family :P), I have to hear my dad do it !

  6. #81
    lunanueva's Avatar 後輩 Female
    Join Date: Aug 8, 2005
    Location: Japan
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    I voted "No, I can't". Sometimes I really TRY to do it when I'm at a Japanese friend's home and the main dish is soba, udon or ramen, just as a sign of politeness and respect to their customs. But as soon as I get tired of trying, I simply say "it's delicious, but I can't slurp anymore". Then I briefly explain manners in Western countries, which usually leads to interesting discussions.

    Once I asked a Japanese friend: "when you eat spaghetti, do you slurp?", and she said no, but couldn't really explain to me why.

  7. #82
    bakaKanadajin's Avatar 継続は力なり Male
    Join Date: Apr 30, 2007
    Location: 千葉県
    Posts: 1,125
    there was a good soba place near my branch in Tokyo, I ate there alot for lunch and dinner. I think generally in Japan, when eating noodles its socially acceptable to slurp and I felt no shame in doing so. Everyone slurped, even the women, its just the easiest way to eat noodles and I think everyones too polite and focused on their food to really care.

  8. #83
    Lledargo's Avatar 先輩 Male
    Join Date: Jul 14, 2010
    Location: Saginaw, Michigan
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    USA - Michigan
    I can kind of slurp my noodles, I am not great at it though, I tend to get the broth everywhere when I do.

  9. #84
    chickie's Avatar いいじゃないか Female
    Join Date: Sep 11, 2006
    Location: Tokyo
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    I can't slurp however I tried.

  10. #85
    hjordis's Avatar 先輩 Female
    Join Date: Jan 19, 2010
    Location: Colorado
    Posts: 36
    USA - Colorado
    Nobody ever bothered to teach me table manners, so I have no problem slurping noodles. It's what I've always done. This whole not being able to slurp confuses me.

  11. #86
    jclark's Avatar 先輩 Male
    Join Date: Jul 18, 2011
    Location: New Hampshire
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    USA - New Hampshire
    I was just talking about this with my friend the other day. How do you not slurp when you are using chop sticks to eat noodles?

  12. #87
    Orochimaru's Avatar 先輩
    Join Date: Nov 29, 2012
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    United States
    Sometimes I slurp my drink very loudly at dinner when I'm bored. But I would never slurp a noodle.

  13. #88
    Mark of Zorro's Avatar 先輩 Male
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldiegirl View Post
    I wouldn't be allowed to eat at the table if I made all those icky, smacking sounds. My mother would've have asked me if I was raised in a barn.
    There is a big difference between the sound of slurping noodles and smacking your lips.

    I do find it annoying when people smack their lips more than a little. But I never found slurping to be such a problem. The smacking seems to me to be a self-control problem. But the slurping seems necessary, especially if soup or noodles are hot.

    And it is hard to be quiet eating noodles with chopsticks. So much so its not worth trying.

    I guess the thing about me is that I conform my emotions to practicality. It seems to me most people want the world to bend to their emotions and little idiosyncrasies and that is nothing but a path to frustration.
    “People who make use of all their senses in trying times are no less patriotic than those whose restraint is lost, whose senses are dimmed and whose brains are washed. This is also the time for the patriot to say: Enough.” Gideon Levy

  14. #89
    GaijinGolfer's Avatar 先輩 Male
    Join Date: Dec 10, 2012
    Location: Columbus, OH
    Posts: 32
    USA - Ohio
    I slurp and its always been a natural talent for me. Slurpring your ramen noodles is a must.

  15. #90
    Akairyuu's Avatar 後輩 Female
    Join Date: Mar 2, 2013
    Location: Edinburgh
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    UK - Scotland
    I always slurp for Scotland when I'm eating ready noodles at home lol. I actually find it hard not to slurp as it just seems to comes naturally for me and plus it stops the noodles from burning my mouth. I do try and tone it down a bit when I'm having ramen at a Japanese restaurant with my friends; I still end up slurping a little bit, though.

  16. #91
    Mike Cash's Avatar
    Delusions of Adequacy Male
    Join Date: Mar 15, 2002
    Location: Japan
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    "Slurp for Scotland"

    I can't decide if that is better than "Close your eyes and think of England" or not....

  17. #92
    SoulReturns's Avatar Banned From Everything Male
    Join Date: Sep 16, 2013
    Location: Pennsylvania
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    USA - Pennsylvania
    Yes! It's important to remember that you are eating Japanese noodles, so you eat them like a true nihonjin

  18. #93
    jamesshaffer85's Avatar 後輩 Male
    Join Date: Nov 20, 2013
    Location: New York
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    USA - New York
    I can slurp, but it's important that nobody who thinks it's disgusting is watching me) I mean I'm absolutely ok but I wouldn't liek to spoil somebody's appetite by doing so

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