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Old 08-17-2007, 10:08 AM   #21
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yes I can and do use them, and even cook with them, right or left handed also.
the image of edward scissorhands just popped into my mind.

yt chopstickhands.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:18 AM   #22
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I`m Equimanual, so right/left has no real meaning to me in a practical sense, in fact rather annoyingly when giving directions for instance I point "this way" and then turn "That way" as it takes me a while to figure which is which, and for someone my age it`s quite embarasing. I can even write with both hands at the same time too.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:52 AM   #23
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Yep YT, chopsticks are often great as a cooking tool. Unfortunately my right hand is totally dominant, my left is basically just there for balance as far as I can figure. So it goes.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:57 AM   #24
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I actually prefer Japanese chopsticks and have about a zillion sets in my utensil drawer.

I was told that when eating sushi (or I guess anything from a communal dish) you use the larger end to transfer food to your own plate and then use the narrower end to eat with. Sounds logical and more sanitary to me so thats what I've been doing.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:01 AM   #25
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If you can't use chopsticks or have little ones trying desperately to get them to work, here's a trick:

Wrap a small rubber band on the very end of both chopsticks joining the ends together. Take the wrapper and roll it up like a 'cigar'. Place the wrapper about an inch in front of the rubberband. The wrapper acts like a pivot and the rubberband holds them together and opens them.

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I like the shape of the longest of the dark brown pair in BTs picture, that sort of tip you can pick a single grain of rice up with, and large enough to be practical for different applications too.

I don`t like the plastic ones or the metal ones, I`ve used them and I`m not impressed.

the Snap apart wooden ones that come free with some dishes are quite respectable too.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:17 AM   #27
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I was reading about Vietnamese table manners, and it discussed proper use of chopsticks. It said the further up on the doi dua (chopstick) that you them indicates your level of mastery. The further down you hold them, the less skillful you are,. Children hold theirs far down close to the “food end”. Also, they say the chopstick should never touch any part of your mouth (lip, teeth, tongue) etc. This makes sense because they often use the chopsticks they eat with to get food from the serving dishes. If you aren’t good at using chopsticks, you can ask for a fork, but you should announce that you are inadequate with the doi dua and need the fork.....don’t just ask for a fork. Never stab your food with the chopstick. Don’t use them as a shovel.

While you can get a fork, you never get a knife at the table. The Vietnamese have a saying adopted from Chinese that says “We sit down to eat not cut up carcasses”.

Here's a cool link.

And another more in-depth one.

I wonder if the Chinese and Japanese follow these same rules of etiquette? I remember seeing movies and shows where Chinese would hold the bowl of rice or noodles up to their mouths and shovel the food in.....but this appears to be bad etiquette to the Vietnamese.
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Keltin, my post above says that the Japanese use the other end of their chopsticks to avoid contaminating a communal dish. So I would say there is at least one difference in the chopstick etiquette there.
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Keltin, my post above says that the Japanese use the other end of their chopsticks to avoid contaminating a communal dish. So I would say there is at least one difference in the chopstick etiquette there.
I just read that. Makes sense. I wonder if they do that with sauced meats and stuff....wouldn't you get your hands dirty? Maybe they invented the term "finger licking good"????
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I am not sure, but I don't think the "holding the chopsticks further from the eating end" thing is as big an issue for the Japanese. They seem to hold theirs pretty close to the middle so they can use both ends as needed.
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