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Old 12-18-2007, 10:22 PM   #71
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I like chopsticks. I usually just use the disposable bamboo guys, I have some nice ones but I don't even know if I've ever used them.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:36 AM   #72
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Yes I know how to use them. When I was married to ex , we use to frequent chinese restaurant a lot , we went with his mother and step father.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:12 PM   #73
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The great difference between eating the Chinese way and let us say the Western way is that the Chinese use chopsticks and Westerners use knives and fork- for main dishes, at any rate. This inevitably means that large piece of meat, fish and poultry are not possible at the Chinese table. Most dishes are therefore made up of mouth sized pieces which are taken up by chopsticks and transferred to the mouth.

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They do not use knives either because their food is soft enough to use the chopsticks to pick their food off the plate.

Yes, I know how to use a chopsticks. I use it all the time for eating unless otherwise we have visitors. I also use chopsticks for stirring my food in the wok. I have a collection of chopsticks for the table too, some for men, some for women and a little collection for children. I have ceramic ones, wooden ones and metal ones, too...and different designs. I love chopsticks.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:35 AM   #74
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chopsticks

the way i see it, you either
1) don't know how to use chopsticks
2) use it the wrong way (me)
3) use it the correct way

but most importantly, dont hold chopsticks too close to the serving end - it looks weird.

unless your mainland chinese, its not uncommon to fall under 2)/1)

so what im trying to say is: if you can't use chopsticks, use a fork.
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:11 AM   #75
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And remember, if eating off of a communal platter, you reverse the sticks when removing food from the platter so the end that goes in your mouth doesn't touch the rest of the food.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:36 AM   #76
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One thing that really fascinates me is that westerners will use chopsticks with plates. I just don't understand it. How do you eat rice with it? It just makes me laugh. I will advise all my western colleagues that if they want to use chopsticks, please use a bowl and not use a plate.
My simple solution to that problem is I don't eat rice.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:51 AM   #77
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And remember, if eating off of a communal platter, you reverse the sticks when removing food from the platter so the end that goes in your mouth doesn't touch the rest of the food.
Good tip!

Whenever im out for chinese it feels wierd to use a knife and fork anymore.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:13 PM   #78
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And remember, if eating off of a communal platter, you reverse the sticks when removing food from the platter so the end that goes in your mouth doesn't touch the rest of the food.
But if you reverse the sticks then you use the end that your grimey hands have been holding and then the food gets on your hands. Why not just have extra sticks to remove the food with?
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But if you reverse the sticks then you use the end that your grimey hands have been holding and then the food gets on your hands. Why not just have extra sticks to remove the food with?
You do not hold the sticks at the very end. You hold then a little ways down. The back end of the sticks are generally not touching anything. Plus, why are your hands grimey? I wash mine before I eat
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:07 PM   #80
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chopsticks

well...where i live, dishes come with a serving spoon or something so that you dont use your chopsticks to pick them up.

besides, i dont really think anyone really reverses the chopsticks just to pick up food.
at least thats what my little experience has told me.
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