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#29 Slurping

Posted March 9th, 2008 by Peter · 30 Comments

You always know that you are in the presence of an asian eating soup or ramen noodles when you hear the grotesque and sometimes irritable sound of them slurping. This asian habit is one of the best and worst because of its ambivalent signals. On the non-asian side, it is a great reason to remove the asian from the room by any means necessary. On the asian side, however, it is a way for them to say that:

The Food is Tasty: Yes. When asians eat liquid food, it is always customary for them to slurp to signal the arrival of millions of tiny delectable taste buds. When asians sit at tables, they will have slurping contests. When this occurs, both asians are trying to slurp the loudest in order to show the chef their respects. The winner is awarded a larger rationing of food during the next distribution. Sometimes, this contest gets out of hand as the two competitors will build a rivalry that they will take part in every time they are at the same restaurant or family event.

The Food is Nasty: Asians do not say, “This sucks,” or, “This needs more salt!” They simply won’t do anything at all. When asians do not slurp, the chef knows that something is terribly wrong. Maybe he or she forgot to add that extra leaf of parsley or grain of pepper or sugar. Asians can sometimes anger their chef so much that they will receive momentously “generous” portions of the food they so sorely despise. In that case, asians will slurp to get the chef to stop giving them so much.

You Want to Annoy Your Neighbors: Many Japanese noodle newbies slurp too tightly and create high-pitched sounds that drive dogs insane. “The key is loosen your lips and get a nice wet, juicy sound.” If an asian person realizes that you don’t like them, they will slurp especially loud to annoy you. Asians are non-confrontational in nature, so slurping allows them to get back at someone without actually meaning it.

Now here’s the real reason: “More than tradition, slurping makes the noodles taste better (and in the case of hot noodles, you’re less likely to burn your mouth).” -mechamecha

Gabuchan's SlurpThis is the most practical reason. Asians know that to get the full flavor of noodles, they must be eaten at their hottest. The intake of air in order to cool the noodles causes them to make the infamous “slurping sound.” It is especially apparent in Japanese culture, where asians want to experience their noodles. “One should use all senses when eating them,” says one of our Japanese members. The slurping sound will then activate your hearing senses, and in turn activate others such as taste, sight, and the inevitable feel of the noodles across your glistening lips (as well as allow you to suck all the MSG off every single strand).

Asians slurp to signal that food is good or not so good. They also slurp to annoy their neighbors and cool their food. Above all, the real truth lies in the cultural and cerebral experience that is eating noodles. That is why, our culturally-deprived readers, Asians Slurp.

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Justin // Mar 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I used to slurp but then I stopped because everyone thought it was weird…

  • 2 kvietgrl // Mar 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I like all my noodles super hot!! it tastes the best that way and when I’m around family, we all slurp so no one cares.

  • 3 tony van // Mar 10, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    i stoped slurpin like 3 seconds ago lol

  • 4 minari // Mar 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I don’t slurp, never have. Clothing gets jacked up in the process anyway. It’s not necessary, just pick the noodles up gently and eat up SLOWLY. It looks gracious, sounds gracious and best of all, the noodles are not boiling hot anymore.

  • 5 Eun-jung // Mar 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Haha. I am so guilty of this. I do slurp. Sue me. And you know it’s partly because A. the noodles are so good – and what better way to get them into your mouth as fast as you can than to slurp them up? B. because hey, like you said, the noodles are mostly always HOT HOT HOT (especially mine, I am Korean and Holy Be-jeebus, all of the soups are HOT) and it’s the most practical way to eat the soup in order to not burn your mouth and still get a taste of it while the flavors are still simmering together nicely, C. Because if you’re like me, and say you’re eating…pho… okay, well I am not one of those multi-tasking Asians who can hold the spoon and the chopsticks in the other hand. No thank you. I have to choose one. And the only one that is going to help me pick up slimy, delicious (yes that’s right I used both adjectives for the same item) noodles are the chopsticks. And honestly, chopsticks are no joke. You either get the food into your mouth as soon as you got it on your chopstick and it’s over. You’ve lost that bite. You’re a goner.

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  • 6 rosa // Apr 6, 2008 at 1:19 am

    I don’t slurp ’cause I would have to stop after each bite/slurp to clean myself

  • 7 Justin // Apr 6, 2008 at 1:24 am

    I think there’s a way to slurp cleanly =)

  • 8 Steve // May 13, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I grew up in the USA and I don’t slurp. My parents, again, do it. And eat with their mouth open. And make bunches of noises. Annoying!! I tell them it’s bad manners, but they don’t listen.

  • 9 dave // Aug 5, 2008 at 10:58 am

    sorry folks, as a white guy, i have to say that eating with an open mouth/slurping are traits that simply need to go the way of the dodo–purely disgusting.

  • 10 Zillan // Jan 3, 2009 at 5:34 am

    White ppl in croatia hate slurping and they will verbal-attack you if they hear slurping in the middle of the meal :(
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  • 11 Anon // Jan 20, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Well, in the case of soup (dunno about noodles), the reason why Asians slurp is because chances are, the soup is scalding hot.
    Like, if you don’t slurp, there is a very good chance that a portion of your tongue will be burned.
    So why do Asians even drink/eat boiling hot soup? Because some of the flavor can get lost once the temperature becomes lukewarm.

    As for noodles, I have no idea. I’ve never slurped noodles.

  • 12 temur // Feb 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t slurp, and i hate ppl who slurp. A guy in my office always slurps it is driving me insane

  • 13 Me // Apr 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Slurping is disgusting. Calling your readers ‘culturally deprived’ just makes you look ignorant. Just because I have the manners to not slurp my food like some sort of farmyard animal does not make me culturally deprived.
    I rank slurping alongside cauging up phlegm and spitting it on the street as two of the more disgusting Chinese habits.

    As im typing this the asian guy in my office is slurping his noodly gloop and its making my stomach turn. REPULSIVE

  • 14 big dick // Jul 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    yeah i like to slurp my noodles…and i have a big dick…so what….i think you’re repulsive…you non slurping bitch

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  • 16 Vladan // Aug 23, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    the only slurping by asiatic women was when we were in school and my roomie came back with this asian chick and she started slurping his braski! Slurpy dinky

  • 17 ... // Sep 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    …unless the person slurping is doing it purposely to annoy you, i think slurping is fine because really, the soup/noodle is HOT and i either don’t have time to wait for it to cool (coughimpatiencecough) or….noodles just taste better hot! i’m not sure why american people think slurping is so disgusting…

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  • 20 gtfo // Jul 21, 2010 at 3:13 am

    @Me, could not have said it better.

  • 21 gtfo // Jul 21, 2010 at 3:14 am

    @…, surprisingly enough you CAN eat noodles & soup while still hot and WITHOUT slurping. maybe you nasty-@ss slurpers should give it a try

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  • 24 slurping is disgusting // Mar 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Fuck all you slurpers, you wana enjoy your food do it somewhere where no one can hear you coz it’s fucking annoying. I don’t care if it tastes better. I bet eating naked tastes better, do I do that in front of you?

  • 25 G // May 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    IT’S NOT JUST SLURPING SOUP, IT’S EATING WITH THEIR MOUTHS OPEN THE ASIANS DO!! They smack their lips, eat fast, slurp and it’s completely gross. They also cough and sneeze and snort back their mucous without a seeming care how revolting it is though this latter one isn’t just an Asian thing, many other uncouth people do it too!

  • 26 Grossed out // Mar 19, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I am Asian who’s raised in a western society.

    I hate anybody who slurps or eats with their mouths open. It’s so disgusting and uncivilized. I wonder how these people are so oblivious to their gross habits. How are they any different from PIGS? If you insist on behaving like farm animals in a public place, go back to your country.

    What disgusts me most is how when I tried to google on this issue about gross Asians slurping, I would see disgusting Asians defending their porcine like behavior and in one Asian forum, some would say “if the whites don’t like it f**k them”.

    Although I’m Asian, I’m very disgusted with the disgusting habits of people supposedly “related” to me and I am not like them at all so imagine the double burden I am saddled with, I’ve the additional burden of disproving something that isn’t even me and is just based on something as random as a race I’m fucking born into. Disgusting. You know i am not a white person and yet I have fears of the US getting overrun with people who refuse to acculturate and turn this country into a larger version of the third world barbaric ancestral home they came from. Get the fuck out and go back home if you can’t be a non-barbarian!!!! Arghhh.

  • 27 Grossed out // Mar 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    My disgust extends to every disgusting slurper who contributed to these replies, the disgusting writer of this article who even had the shame to call others who are just being NORMAL AND CIVILIZED, “culturally starved”. Why don’t you take your barbarism that you call culture and screw back to where you came from so the civilized people of all heritages can enjoy this country?!! A sure way to assure you NEVER hear from a woman on a date ever again is to eat noisily or with your mouth open, talk with your mouth full. Don’t complain you never get laid when you feel so self righteous about your porcine habits. Why don’t all of you pigs deport themselves and go live in a sty in a farm in China/Korea/whatever?

    Fuck off gross disgusting slurpers, spitters, gross barbarians, people who don’t stand in line, people who don’t give way on sidewalks, in malls, people who stand close to strangers, barbarians who eat their mouths open and make lots of sounds. The only place moans and groans from your personal activity is welcomed is in bed when you’re fucking so disgusting people who are attending to import their barbarism they call culture, get the fuck out of America!

  • 28 ilovehorseyrides // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Slurping is considered as impolite in my household and my family’s Asian

  • 29 Bob // May 13, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Personally I consider eating food disgusting. Only a barbaric culture would eat food with their orifices. A true evolved superhuman simply absorbs their nutrients through psychic energies. Take your filthy food eating back to the Stone Age, you jungle dwellers.

  • 30 Bob // May 13, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Also other disgusting barbaric stone age behaviours include standing within 10 feet near me (nobody needs to stand so close), talking (all that spittle flying everywhere, non-telepaths should be put in death camps), and using the toilet (absolutely disgusting!).

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