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Old 10-12-2021, 05:54 AM   #1
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Wooden or bamboo chopstick?

which one is better?

I thought wood was more natural and a better material for chopsticks but it's said it would trap bacteria and virus more easily because it is usually without any coating on the surface while it is said bamboo could leach toxic or unwanted chemical if not used properly. What's your opinion?

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Old 10-12-2021, 07:32 AM   #2
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As long as you follow good cleaning practices it does not matter which type you use.

Use which ever kind you like the feel of in your hand and in your mouth.

A lot of people use plastic/resin chopsticks now as well. Then there are the metal ones used especially for cooking.

If you are really really concerned about not being able to clean then use disposable ones.

I also believe for anything to "leach" from the sticks they would have to sit in the food (or your mouth) for a long time.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:08 AM   #3
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As long as you follow good cleaning practices it does not matter which type you use.

Use which ever kind you like the feel of in your hand and in your mouth.

A lot of people use plastic/resin chopsticks now as well. Then there are the metal ones used especially for cooking.

If you are really really concerned about not being able to clean then use disposable ones.

I also believe for anything to "leach" from the sticks they would have to sit in the food (or your mouth) for a long time.
plastic/resin? Did you mean Melamine? I wish I'll be able to find and buy some plastic, rather than Melamine chopsticks!
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:47 AM   #4
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I've never examined the chopsticks I've seen so have no idea if they are plastic or resin (which are not the same thing). But I'm pretty sure that not all plastics are the same. Varieties must be endless!

Melamine is one compound of plastics used to make a variety of things from shelving to dishware.

My personal choice is wood or bamboo - I find, especially now with arthritis, that I can get a better grip with them. Not only in my fingers but on the food!
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Old 10-12-2021, 12:26 PM   #5
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Totally agree with the Dragn!
Proper washing is key if you re-use your chopsticks, regardless of what they´re made of.
And like food that´s been left in the fridge for a while:
If in doubt, chuck it out.
Use disposable ones.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:12 AM   #6
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How about cedar chopstick? Any comment? It's a lot more expensive than either wood or bamboo
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Cedar is a type of wood...
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:03 AM   #8
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If they are expensive then they are specialized in some way and meant as a personal item. Many families each have their own chopsticks that they use. Albeit this is a bit extreme but for example... you would not use your father's toothbrush, nor would you use his chopsticks.

I've never bother to notice which wood my chopstick are. I do have a pair that are a slightly darker colour than most but it could be any kind of wood.
Truth to tell?... don't care, as long as they feel good in my hand when I use them.

If you are buying them as a gift, then great! Hope that the person gifted enjoys them!
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:07 AM   #9
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As long as you keep em clean it makes no difference. Next question.
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Old 10-14-2021, 11:51 AM   #10
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But one thing for sure…
I prefer to use chopsticks on salads, whenever possible.
They’re so much more practical than using a fork.
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Old 10-14-2021, 04:27 PM   #11
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But one thing for sure…
I prefer to use chopsticks on salads, whenever possible.
They’re so much more practical than using a fork.
I always use chopsticks because I am Chinese
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If they are expensive then they are specialized in some way and meant as a personal item. Many families each have their own chopsticks that they use. Albeit this is a bit extreme but for example... you would not use your father's toothbrush, nor would you use his chopsticks.

I've never bother to notice which wood my chopstick are. I do have a pair that are a slightly darker colour than most but it could be any kind of wood.
Truth to tell?... don't care, as long as they feel good in my hand when I use them.

If you are buying them as a gift, then great! Hope that the person gifted enjoys them!
Nope, the cedar chopsticks are a lot more expensive than just "wood", it's about 4 times the price. I didn't pick the wood one because it can attract insect so easily, then I got the bamboo one because it had coating
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:42 PM   #13
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Price does not change fact that Cedar IS wood. I have multiple sets of chopsticks, some from 58 years ago and have never had problems with cleaning any of them. No matter what they are made of, I reuse the bamboo "disposable" chopsticks for cooking.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:26 PM   #14
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Wooden or bamboo chopstick?

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I always use chopsticks because I am Chinese


Well, I am in America so I use forks and knives for the most part. But the Japanese in me tells my little brain to go for the chopsticks. I often use a combination of both, chopsticks for the salad, and fork and steak knife for my ribeye steak, at home. That could be a challenge at a steakhouse restaurant… asking for chopsticks…lol.

BTW, I like aluminum chopsticks, they’re easy to clean.
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I only use a spoon ( except for spaghetti) .
I never was able to use chopsticks efficiently. I wasn't able to enjoy what I was eating because I was focussing too much on trying too use the chopsticks.
Although, my son who has been in China 2 + years, now uses chopsticks primarily.
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Gosh Larry, has it been 2 years already... seems to me he just went over there a couple of months ago! LOL how time flies!
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I only use a spoon ( except for spaghetti) .
I never was able to use chopsticks efficiently. I wasn't able to enjoy what I was eating because I was focussing too much on trying too use the chopsticks.
Although, my son who has been in China 2 + years, now uses chopsticks primarily.
Learn and try.

In addition to being a Chinese, I like using chopsticks because it is usually made of wood or bamboo so they can withstand heat and I can cook with it, stirring things very conveniently, at the same time it has a nice touch with almost all kind of dishware, I don't like my stainless steel spoon or fork to hit on my ceramic bowl, it is like scratching things. Try to think about using a metal fork to pick up food on a ceramic bowl, I can immediately think of the horrible sound made. I don't even like my ceramic spoon to hit on my ceramic bowl too, its sound isn't alright, but wood and bamboo are perfect for almost all surfaces.
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I learned to use chopsticks about fifty years ago. Then, I went on the macrobiotic diet and the book recommended eating with chopsticks to slow down your eating and remind you to chew every mouthful, I think it was 50 times. In any case, I got very proficient with chopsticks quite quickly. I don't often eat with chopsticks nowadays, mostly when having Asian food. I'll have to try eating salad with chopsticks and see what I think of it. I have gone through phases when I preferred chopsticks for any meals that didn't need to be cut up on my plate.
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Gosh Larry, has it been 2 years already... seems to me he just went over there a couple of months ago! LOL how time flies!
Yeah, August was 2 years and he just signed another 1 year contract.

I asked him what he uses there primarily. He said unless he goes to a 'Western Restaurant ', where they provide forks, he jus about always uses chopsticks.
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Is bamboo not wood?

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