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My Favorite Finger Licking Foods

Updated on August 12, 2014

Finger Food

Finger food just don't taste the same when eaten with cutlery. Is it the added flavor from the fingers or the warmth of the hands compared to the coldness of cutlery?

It is not just those bite sized snacks party finger food but also foods like crabs. Well, let me share with your some of my favorite finger licking foods. Maybe you enjoy them the same way as me.

From the Urban Daily
From the Urban Daily

Fried Chicken

Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken were really on to something when they coined the phrase "finger licking good".

I often start out eating fried chicken with my fork and knife but somewhere along the way the fork and knife was discarded and I ended up tucking in with my fingers.There is something about holding a chicken drumstick in your hand and biting the meat off.


Definitely a finger food

Ask anyone who enjoys pizza and you will find that most consider this a finger food(straight from the box if it is a delivery pizza.) Whether it is home made pizza or from your favorite pizza place it is convenient and saves a lot of washing up as well.

Maybe that is why it is such a popular order for many folks working late at the office! Each pizza slice is such a convenient size too.

Order from your favorite pizza restaurant!

Yummy, Yummy Crabs

Best Singapore Food Guide
Best Singapore Food Guide

Crabs may not be in the party finger food category but crab cooked in whatever style has definitely to be eaten with fingers. Their hard shell alone makes it impractical to eat with cutlery though my son tried once to prove to us that it was possible. He had such a hard time trying to manouvre his fork to get the crab meat out. It was enough to make me happily eat with my fingers, even though my hands were a mess by the time the meal was over.

Anyway that is why they provide the finger bowls.

In many Chinese restaurants which serve crabs and other seafood, they have small hand towels together with finger bowls for you to clean your hands after eating. So clearly it is quite acceptable to eat with your fingers.

Crab Cracker And Fork - Helps you crack open that hardy shell first!

The difficulty with eating crabs and lobsters is cracking open the hard shell so you can dig in with your fingers.

Seafood Tool Set with Forks and Lobster Crackers
Seafood Tool Set with Forks and Lobster Crackers

- 2 lobster crackers and 6 stainless steel forks

- These crab forks perfect for "digging" out the crab meat in those tiny crevices.

Rasa Malaysia
Rasa Malaysia

Roti Canai

Another favorite is the Roti Canai. It is a flat bread, fluffy on the inside but crispy and flaky on the outside. It is cooked on a flat iron skillet with a lot of oil.

A popular Malaysian breakfast, I first tear the roti canai into smaller pieces and then dip it into a lentil curry. There are many variations of this favorite breakfast, the most popular being adding beaten egg as the roti is being cooked.

Mini spring rolls
Mini spring rolls

Spring Rolls

I love spring rolls dipped in chili sauce. I am sure that you are meant to hold the spring roll in your hand and take bites off it. You won't find the filling dropping off on to the plate either! Works well with both the fresh and fried versions.

Recipe for Mini Spring Rolls courtesy of Tofu For Two

Do you like to eat with your fingers?

Are you one of those who eat with your fingers sometimes? If you do, what are some of your favorite foods?

There are some foods which I enjoy eating with my fingers!

There are some foods which I enjoy eating with my fingers!

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    • aaxiaa lm 2 years ago

      I have no problems getting my hands dirty, but for some reason I always eat springrolls with chopsticks and do not ask me how :P Great lens!

    • Ibexing 4 years ago

      lamb cutlets, eating the sweet meat by the bone can only be done when holding the food with your fingers.

    • AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      Finger foods should really be eaten literally with your fingers. I don't mind getting my fingers dirty.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      French fries and chicken nuggets are my finger foods. But I will always wash my hands first before eating with my fingers.

    • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i like spring rolls, fried chicken drums, chicken wings, fish chips, burgers, etc.

    • bkarsono 5 years ago

      I always eat my McDonald's french fries with my fingers. It would be unusual to eat them with any cutlery... LOL

    • rlivermore 6 years ago

      I like eating food with my fingers as long as it isn't too messy. Most of the finger food I like is fried, though sandwiches are nice, too.

    • hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I love turkish bread and dips - yum :)

    • happynutritionist 6 years ago

      It's almost time for Buffalo Hot Wings, Celery and Blue Cheese dressing for dipping, that's about as "finger food" as you can get:-) Mouth watering page!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I will go to a restaurant and just order appetizers!! What do you think?

    • DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

      Yes! Chicken, Crabs & Pizza!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Everything you have here!

    • scar4 6 years ago

      Spicy fried spiral shell, my finger licking food.

    • mich1908 6 years ago

      Yup. Definitely when it comes to eating fried chicken. As for my sons, fingers it will be with rice and curry chicken with potato.

    • purplelady 6 years ago

      Yes, it also cuts down on clean-up after. I love pizza, chicken tenders, french fries, egg-rolls to mention just a few.

    • jp1978 6 years ago

      Yes! Chicken, fish, BBQ on a stick, rice, mango with shrimp paste...

    • Sami4u LM 6 years ago

      Hi,Pizza, shrimp, hot dogs. all good finger food.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      roti and curry, bunny chows, pap and ....

    • JewelRiver 6 years ago

      You can't eat everything with a fork and a knife like how george costanza ate the snickers lol somethings just look silly eaten that way

    • Olek LM 6 years ago

      I enjoy eating with my fingers.

    No way! Give me some cutlery every time!

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      Some Finger Eating Tips

      Is there any etiquette when it comes to eating with your fingers? After all eating with your hands is going back to basics when cutlery had yet to make an appearance.

      Well, in some cultures eating with your fingers require some simple "rules". Then there is the matter of dirty fingers especially when you are going to an important appointment or date.

      1. Aways Wash Your Hands Before Eating - This is especially important when eating with your fingers!

      After your delicious meal, of course you want a good soap to wash off the smell from your fingers!

      2. Paper Napkins - Have some paper napkins nearby so you can wipe your fingers. It is annoying to try and hold a glass with dirty fingers.

      3. Finger Bowls - The Chinese fill the finger bowls with weak tea and a few lime slices. The combination is believed to 'cut the grease' on your dirty fingers.

      Finger bowls are great for guests to clean their fingers after a sumptious finger licking meal. You can also fill the finger bowls with some luke warm water and a few lemon slices as an alternative.

      Wash Basin And Pitcher
      Wash Basin And Pitcher

      Art Of Eating With Hands

      Just the fingers only!

      It is fascinating the way different cultures use different eating utensils. In the West, fork and knives are the norm while the Chinese, Koreans and Japanese have their chopsticks.The Indians and also the Malays don't use any cutlery at all but eat with their bare hands. There is an art to how to use your hands to eat your meal efficiently though it would seem a very easy thing to do.

      Dining Etiquette

      The Malays eat with their right hands while the left is used for personal ablutions. At the table the left hand may be used to pass dishes, using the serving spoons and for drinking. Before eating they will clean their fingers in the finger bowl. They use the tips of their fingers with curries rarely staining above the first knuckle while rice should not cling to the fingers. Rice is taken in the right hand and compressed to a small ball and then pushed into the mouth with the thumb.

      Sometimes I would use my hands when I am having an Indian meal served on a banana leaf. It is so easy to eat the meat and fish especially when there are bones! The down side of it is that it may need several washings before I can get rid of the curry smell from my fingers.

      A word of warning - Don't eat with your hands if you are going to have an important appointment or date (Unless your date has also been eating with their fingers, lol )

      Please Feel Free To Add To My List Of Finger Food

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          tssfacts 7 years ago

          Great Lens 5* You did make me hungry for some of my favorite finger foods

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          Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Excellent! What a great idea for a lens. Very well done!

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          Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

          Oh yummy! Now I'm hungry again and I just ate supper oh oh!

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          Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra


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          JennyGreene 6 years ago

          great lens... love your selection

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          Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

          What a fun lens!

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          stacy mcdaniel 6 years ago

          Yummy Lens! All this yummy food is making me hungry.

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          burgessvillian 6 years ago

          Before we had fancy dishes and cutlery, God gave us our hands.Very nice lens

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          poutine 6 years ago

          Very interesting topic for a lens and well done.

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          JewelRiver 6 years ago

          I'm hungry now! Great lens poor stomach!

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          Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

          A fun lens- being from the UK I'd have to include fish and chips! Blessed by and Angel and added to my angel lens.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Really finger licking food recipes... Good lens..--The Benefits of Buying Furniture Online

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          MartinPrestovic 6 years ago

          Fish and chips anytime! Oh and cheese pockets, another all time favorite, also love spring rolls and my own special version of chili sauce. I always make them when I have my mates round to watch footy.

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          Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

          What a great idea for a lens! Finger licking foods for a meal are comfort foods by another name. I've never heard of roti canai but it sounds delicious. Barbecue ribs are one of my favorite finger licking foods.

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          emmaklarkins 6 years ago

          Great lens! Made me hungry! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel!

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          Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          Fun and interesting hand. It is funny to see that in some culture eating with hands is consider right, while in others like north America, it is consider bad behavior. I eat many things with hands but strangely not pizza!

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          purplelady 6 years ago

          A very fun lens that made me very hungry for some of my favorite finger foods. There are some cultures who eat all of their food with their fingers; after all, we did get our fingers before we got our silverware.

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          mich1908 6 years ago

          Interesting lense. I loved finger food especially fried chicken.

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          sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          awesome lens. it made me hungry.

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          scar4 6 years ago

          Terrific, interesting and unique topic!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          Awesome! Truly, some things must be eaten with your fingers. I think we should have a chicken and pizza party :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I loved every bit of this from the lens title on! Now I also know the eating should be done with my right and personal ablutions with the left. Now that's a new word for me and I just had to use it in a sentence. Now, what if a person is left handed?

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          Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

          @anonymous: Tipi, Thanks for visiting. i am not sure but I think it does not matter whether a person is right handed or left handed. Will have to check up on this.

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          DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

          This lens definately makes me hungry! Great lens.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Excellent lens on finger foods and also great insight into how other cultures eat. Nicely done.

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          hayleylou lm 6 years ago

          Great lens - with some foods you just have to forget the knife and fork :)

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          rlivermore 6 years ago

          I definitely learned to eat with my fingers when in India. Often people would give me silverware to use since I'm an American, but I went ahead and used my fingers anyway, and it really was pleasing to them.

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          LRSattele 6 years ago

          We, Filipinos, usually love to eat with our fingers, too. Seems like there is an added flavor when you use your hands, lol. Even now, I'm here in the US, I still use my fingers when eating at home, and my husband usually joke around saying, " Wow, you're using a fork today, Hon!" LOL!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I need a finger food now! Nice Squidoo, I really enjoy reading Squidoo's of any kind.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          spicy giant shrimps in butterfly form, mmmmmh

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          AnimalHouse 4 years ago

          Sometimes it's just more fun to eat using fingers and makes the food taste more delicious.

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          Alana-r 4 years ago

          I wish i had all of these right now, excellent hunger inducing lens!

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