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Are you a proficient user of chopsticks or do you dread using them and have to request a knife and a fork?
I like that it stops you just beating the food into you.
but I'll always use them, and although I'm not sure my technique is particularly correct, I manage ok, mostly. (not counting the time I launched a king prawn across the resteurant and it came to rest, nestled behind a man's ear.)
they are NOT better than a knife and fork, or fork and spoon. anyone who uses them is a needy-tryhard
The traditional chinese way is to hold your bowl near your mouth and shovel it all in quickly with the chopsticks.
I can do that ok.
I'd use my hands if I didn't hate having dirty fingers so much.
Knife and fork, cheers.
i find it weird that you get them in those asian places that specialise in soups though. its either chopsticks or those massive brown wooden spoons???
i think its just a practical joke they've been playing on us for years.
And I am not pretentious! Odd huh?!
i don't think i would.
My ex and I used them whenever we had oriental noms.
I wish I could think of all the other things that annoy you right now. I REALLY DO.
Also, would you like to also give everyone on DiS my telephone number/place of birth/passport number perhaps?
but I'm still not as shit-hot as that much use would seem to imply.
In a restaurant, when it gets to the bottom of a dish I tend to check if the coast is clear and then start using the big ceramic spoon
I’m not sure that I use them properly, and I don’t find it as easy as a knife and fork, but I don’t often embarrass myself with my ineptitude.
My girlfriend is an expert though (which, as her parents are from Hong Kong, isn’t too surprising), and I look like a doofus when sat opposite her in a chinese/japanese restaurant.
is to bring the bowl up to your mouth and use them to shovel everything in.
of course we would never do that, so we continue to eat 2 noodles at a time.
I think that British people have a fear of looking a bit slovenly, and so don't lift the bowls up to the right level. Obviously, in our attempt to not appear uncouth, we end up flinging food all over the tablecloth and dripping it down our chin.
but then i am not the worlds cleanest eater it has to be said.
Nah, hands are better
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was exhausted after spending all morning teaching a young Luke Skywalker the ways of the Force. Obi-Wan decided to treat his student to lunch at his favorite Chinese restaurant, where they could eat and continue Luke's studies.
Upon arriving, Obi-Wan ordered two bowls of hot and sour soup and sweet and sour chicken. The waiter brought the two Jedi their soup first. As Luke slurped up his soup spoonful after spoonful, Obi-Wan patiently continued Luke's lessons in the ways of the Force. Between each spoonful, Luke nodded as he listened and understood his master's teachings.
The waiter then brought the two Jedi their sweet and sour chicken. Obi-Wan continued teaching, but noticed that young Luke was distracted. Luke couldn't seem to grasp how to use his chopsticks. Obi-Wan tried to proceed with his teaching, only to become frustrated as Luke continued to struggle, watching his food fall back onto his plate, onto the table or on the floor. The entire time, Luke completely ignored his Jedi teacher.
Finally, Obi-Wan couldn't take it anymore. It was then that Obi-Wan told young Skywalker the most important lesson he would ever learn as a Jedi: "Use the forks, Luke!"
he told me once that he almost made a pun on the back of something that the midwife said when his baby was being born.
the conversation went (in the final stages of labour):
midwife - "come on! you're on the final stretch now!"
me - "yeah, stretch being the operative word"
midwife; mrs ccb - "..."
and tend to say the wrong things at the wrong time. Like the time during sex with my uni boyfriend my mind wandered and I blurted out 'Oh my word I heard the funniest joke today' and then started to tell the joke...it was not well received.
I say a few odd things at the best of times.
this also depends on the timing... if you said (fairly late on in proceedings) "OH MY WORD!... i heard the funniest joke today" i think it would be even more poorly-received.
The worst thing though was a few weeks later he was presenting his show on Uni Radio and he actually told the joke.
thinly-veiled "i'm not really enjoying the sex much" joke
Never have to ask for a knife and fork though. I must just have that look about me.
After spending a couple of months in Vietnam and Cambodia years ago I had very little choice other than to learn and become as proficient as possible.....or starve. Or use my fingers I suppose.
There’s stone-age era flint tools for digging so they’d seen the shovel. They even must have been out in the fields digging with shovels before stopping for dinner
“Fuck, these things are bang out of order for eating grains of rice with”
“I’ll stop you there – there’s no other method so finish that up, grab your shovel and let’s get back to digging that rice”
its actually amazing.
That's either the best idea I've ever seen or it's going to cause unbelievable carnage
Chinese equalizer after 3000 years - score card:
Bad design (chopsticks, circa 1000BC) 1 - 1 good design (bus, 2010)
That wasn't a Hanna Barbara cartoon anyway. I'm 3D, so is this park bench, so is this dildo...
either way that sounds pretty fucking cheap. didnt the boris bikes cost something like that?
(I know I know, JOKE)
straight to wok with amoy
If someone can give me a REASON why using chopsticks is preferable over a knife and fork, then I might consider it but... nah. No way.
My old housemate used to make a point of eating sushi with chopsticks because he said "the chopsticks add something to the taste of the sushi". I mean people who eat sushi are twats in their own right but, seriously... seriously.
because i was too embarrassed to ask for knife and fork
it was the most painful hour ever
i also actually dislike most chinese food because well, i don't seem to have umami tastebuds so have never learnt.
on the other hand, seems deeply unsophisticated not to know.
*really proving my last point*
I'm not amazing but I can eat steadily enough with them. Threes years at univseristy spending every Wednesday night in Crispy Duck at 4am will give you skillz.
I always struggle for the first minute or so, but like shagging a slut, it soon all comes flooding back to you
to somehow make it past that first minute or two
Can't do rice though.
Where can you buy chopsticks?
They're never in the same place though. They're one of those things that just get stuck on the end of an aisle for no particular reason, like wine bottle stoppers and those adhesive hooks for teatowels.
one kind of coffee bean (whole) and two kinds of cured sausage (own brand chorizo and mattessons).
and all Chinese food shops will do them.
This isn't London, chinese food shops are rare in North Manchester.
I normally got the huge Wing Yip on Oldham Road when I'm passing in my car, which isn't that often. I always get distracted.
Oooh, look, Global do a pair: http://www.pots-and-pans.co.uk/acatalog/Global_GS-12_02_Chopsticks_and_Rest.html?shopping=GB
Surely Manchester does too?
ie moody as fuck?
I only know this as the Golden Wok staff used to say it every time we walked in and asked for the cheapest thing on the menu, when we were 12. Bastards.
This is the social board equivalent of a casette thread.
They are actually more handy than forks or spoons for long or fat noodles, especially when said noodles are in soup or "broth" (the worst word in the English language)
At home sometimes, too.
Eating sushi with a knife and fork would just seem plain weird. Stabbing and awing at delicately made piece of food-art? Nah. Treat it with respect and pick it up daintily.
Noodles are often easier to deal with when using two sticks as opposed to using a combo of knife/fork/spoon.
If rice is cooked as it should be (nice and sticky-style), then that really isn't a problem, either.
Obviously the easiest way to east most food would be to just shovel it into your cakehole with your hands. But sometimes it's nice to take your time and savour your food as you eat it, rather than just trough it down like a savage.
*sawing (i.e. with a knife)
Much easier for eating salad. Better for noodles too, I hate the "twirl" technique.
Also, I heard that it makes you eat slower, so you get full with less food, and stay thinner. Not sure I believe that one though; I regularly witness the aforementioned bowl-to-mouth technique in full disgusting high-speed action.
i went in there 3 times a week at least for about a year to eat lunch and in that time I just taught myself. I'd give myself 8/10 in chopstick skills.
d'ya want any side dishes or anything to drink with that?
I like to try though but in the end I just get frustrated and my food goes cold.
You're scared of it? Seriously?
As a kid I used to hate the smell, it was vile and would make me heave. Now I love it. You're taste change. You'll probably like it soon.
but i'm not so hot with those things they give you in france to scoop snails out of their shells. I once flung a garlic snail accross a town square in Geneva (i know this isnt in france thanks), landing it with a subtle splosh in the fountain.
I tend to eat too quickly with more western apparatus, chopsticks are a good handicap.
but I have since changed my opinion and now love them :) Egg on my face or wot
cant eat with them though