Damjan and I spent Easter in Edinburgh. On our last day in Scotland, we had lunch at a Chinese buffet.
‘Hey,’ I nudged Damjan. ‘Look at that man. He’s doing something weird with his prawn crackers.’
Damjan looked over. ‘What?’
‘He’s loading up each cracker with food then eating it! He’s using the cracker like a scoop.’
‘Huh. Weird,’ Damjan agreed.
Ten minutes later, I gestured excitedy again. ‘Hey, that lady on the other table’s doing the prawn cracker thing!’
Then I noticed a man sitting on the table next to us also loading up his prawn cracker.
‘What’s going on? I’ve never seen anything like it before,’ I hissed to Damjan. ‘Is it a British thing? Or a Scottish thing?’
When I got back to work and asked some native Brits at work, they too said that they hadn’t come across this behaviour.
‘It’s got to be Scottish,’ they concluded, disclaiming all responsibility for the quirks of the north.
‘Maybe they’re harking back to Yorkshire pudding, ‘ I suggested.
‘Maybe,’ my friends agreed. ‘Or maybe it’s something to do with Vietnamese lettuce cups.’
If anyone has a better theory, I would gratefully receive it.