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Old 08-16-2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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Do you know how to use chopsticks

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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Old 08-16-2007, 10:47 PM   #2
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Not sure what the point is of this? I can use chopsticks fairly well. Iíve seen others that are masters and can shovel mounds of rice or noodles into their mouth faster than I could with a fork or even a shovel. Iíve also seen many people use chopsticks as a spear, basically a single tined fork, to pick up huge pieces of meat. Then, of course, there are dishes such as Peking duck, whole fish, etc that are large but cut prior to serving. What exactly is the point here?
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:19 PM   #3
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Well, there was an edit in the original post by an Admin,
so I am betting there was some spam in there.

Sugg to admins... put a little note in the post that you edited
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:23 PM   #4
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Had nothing to do with the use of chopstix. Was a selling link. You're not going crazy.
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:24 PM   #5
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I will answer the question as posted - sure do.

Some forty years ago, stilll in my teens, I was on a plane from NY to Seattle, my first flight.

Wow, no one in my family had ever flown before.

Fortunalely the plane was almost empty, no one near me as I tried to adapt to the new experience - including the rumbling of this tons of tin that brazenly thought it could, at least for a little while, ignore the law of gravity.

Had a book, but could not read and there were no movies in those days.

But with dinner they gave everyone one of those chopsticks that came in a paper sheath. One had to separate the two cheap wooden 'sticks' by a bit of force.

Had no idea how to engineer the pencil length poles to pick up anything, but cryptic directions were printed on the paper wrapping.

Took me a while, but I figured out a technique that works for me. The exercise kept my mind from worrying about the audible complaints the fusilage was registering with disturbing regularity.

But I did it! Was initially very proud of my accomplishment but then realized I had found myself capable of a feat that any Asian child could perform with ease.

Life has a way of teaching us humility whether we like it or not.

Yet the experience proved invaluable, at least from a culinary standpoint - I use chopsticks as casually as a fork or spoon.

And I never could have had so many great experiences in NYC Chinatown restaurants, where for a while I could decipher enough of the Chinese characters to order the McCoi, without the skill.

Anyway, that is how I learned to use chopsticks.

Sorry about the blogishness of this post, but I did not know where to go with it.

Take care and God bless.
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:30 PM   #6
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i can, i used to play with my pens as chopstix in class and now i can eat just fine *touch wood*
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:30 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GrillingFool
Well, there was an edit in the original post by an Admin,
so I am betting there was some spam in there.

Sugg to admins... put a little note in the post that you edited
for spam so we won't go more crazy than we are!
I saw the post before the edit, and it was a link in the sig. I didnít click on it, but this post seems to be a spam or selling post. Katie took care of it!
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:33 PM   #8
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I have not learned chopsticks very well but I am a master with my fingers
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:23 AM   #9
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using chop sticks is the best diet I can think of...LOL
but little Miss Dove would get fat.
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:28 AM   #10
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Yes, I know how to use chop sticks.
I learned in China, because there were never any knives and forks in the restaurants I went to.

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