Location: Chesterfield, Missouri/Melbourne, Australia
Originally Posted by foodqs
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.
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.
Tucker's Mum aka Cooper's Mom
--Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
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.