Food in lehi
Wherever you find yourself in Northern Utah, you can be sure you’ll never be too far from fantastic Greek fast food; Lehi is no exception, being home to one of the best Greek operations in town, Greek Souvlaki. You’ll find all your Athenian favorites like juicy souvlaki and lush gyro plus plenty of other solid options like burgers and fries too.
Typically, all Ethiopian or lehi food is placed on a single communal tray. You may wish to try the doro wat on the other side of the table, but reaching for it is considered rude. To access it, wait until everyone else takes their hands out of the tray. Then, spin the tray towards you so you can easily reach what you need.
- If you make a mistake, apologize right away.
Licking your fingers is both gross and dangerous. Remind yourself that you often are dealing with communal plates when it comes to Ethiopian food. Putting your hands in your mouth introduces germs into the food that can get everyone else sick.
- You will get food on your fingers at times, but resist the urge to clean yourself. You could try discreetly wiping your fingers on the strip of injera you tear off.
Take turns reaching into communal trays. Follow the rhythm set by other diners so you aren’t bumping hands throughout the meal. Limit the tray to no more than 2 hands at a time. If you see 2 people reaching for the tray, stop and wait for them to finish.
- After beginning the meal, you will quickly begin noticing when people reach for the food. As long as everyone takes turns, accessing the communal tray won’t be an issue.
Let the eldest members at the table eat first. As a show of respect, honor the eldest members of your dining party by allowing them to reach for the food first. After they have taken their turn, everyone else can begin eating. Everyone then continues taking turns until the meal is finished.
- If you are the oldest member of the party, you may be expected to go first. If any Ethiopians at the table are doing nothing but staring at you, that may be why!
Feed others food as a sign of respect. The way you feed someone else is similar to how you feed yourself. Tear off a strip of injera with your right hand, then wrap it around some meat or curry. Gently place it in the other person’s mouth, trying not to touch their face. The larger the food, the stronger the bond is between 2 people.
- This tradition is called “gursha.” Friends, family members, and partners all practice the gesture to show their affection.
- Ethiopians usually perform this ritual twice a mea
Eating with Injera Bread
- Scoop up meat, sauce, or vegetables with the injera. Lay the injera over the lehi food on the plate. Take care to keep your fingers out of the food. Then, use your fingers to pinch the ends of the injera together, picking up some of the food.
- Ethiopian food is often served on a communal plate, so that is why you need to be careful about where you place your fingers.
- When you use injera correctly, you will keep your hands clean for the most part. Getting food on your hands is normal even for experienced diners.
Tear off a strip of the injera. Injera is a type of bread commonly served in large quantities during Ethiopian meals. Grasp the end of the bread with your right hand, then rip off a chunk that is about as large as your palm. Keep in mind that the injera is meant to serve as a utensil. Get a piece big enough to scoop up food but small enough to fit comfortably in your mouth.
- If injera is served rolled, unroll it a little first so you can tear off a piece.
- Touch the food with only your right hand. Injera is very soft, so it isn’t too difficult to tear. You may struggle a little at first, but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough.