your mom ever advise you on the do's and don'ts about eating?
And how many times
you just tend to ignore whatever she is saying, thinking your
mom is being too over-cautious all the time. But I am not going
to talk the repercussions of not listening to your mom. Instead,
let's have a look at some of the common advice our loving moms
give us (mostly leaning towards the Asian side):
talk with food in your mouth.
Mom, are you trying to keep my mouth shut, so that I won't have
the chance to complain about your cooking?
It is all about chewing - You have to chew your food
slowly and thoroughly so that it will get digested well.
your rice, if not any single grain of rice left on the plate
will end up as pimples on your future husband/wife.
Ah. It is like saying that I am not concern of the poorer people
of Africa for not having much food to feed their hunger. Anyway,
does this advise applies to single unmarried fellas only? What
about you? If you missed that one rice grain, it might add more
fine line (wrinkles) on your face. Ha-ha!!
Your mom just want to ensure you don't waste your food -
as simple as that.
hate spring onions, you will not be a smart person in the
Mom, are you forcing me to love spring onions, even though you
know I hate it? I am still smart enough not believe your Old
In Chinese (Mandarin language), smart is Chong Ming. The first
word Chong is pronounced almost similarly to spring onion in
Chinese. But that does not mean you will end up being stupid by
just hating spring onions. Your mom just want to make sure
you eat your vegetables.
poke your chopsticks into the bowl of rice. It is like you are
praying over your very own dead body.
Mom, you are being overly superstitious. I am not going to die
by sticking my chopsticks like this (you actually show her that
very action). You see this!!!! Nothing happened!
When the Chinese pray to their dead ancestors, they use joss
sticks and stick them vertically into a bowl of rice. So, if you
stick your chopstick with the same fashion, your are regarding
yourself as a dead person, or probably courting death itself.
All in all, it is just a mark of respect not to do that.
Well, most, but
not all such beliefs have some meaning and good intentions
behind them. Give your mom, dad and grandmother a break.