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2022-05-20 4:15:52 PM  
Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.
 
2022-05-20 4:36:42 PM  

oldernell: Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.


Well, if you're a heathen.
 
2022-05-20 5:01:24 PM  

oldernell: Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.


Chopsticks are for picking up things.  If you want a shovel, use your fingers.
 
2022-05-20 5:36:59 PM  
There are foods that chopsticks are best for. Like rolled sushi. Forks pierce it, tending towards the thing falling apart.
 
2022-05-20 5:54:52 PM  

enry: oldernell: Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.

Chopsticks are for picking up things.  If you want a shovel, use your fingers.


Or a damn spoon.

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I use chopsticks wrong too. My Dad taught me to use chopsticks, and he picked up using chopsticks when he went to Japan and met my Mom. I use chopstick using the third finger as an anchor, but I use my middle finger to move the upper stick, and the forefinger to steady it. I find it gives you a decent range of motion, and while sometimes folks get a little eye twitch when they see it, it's smooth and natural, and I don't fumble food so it works.

You CAN use a spoon for rice if you're hungry. The older generation in Japan may give you the side eye, but that's because you're kids and you're DOING IT WRONG--doesn't matter what it is, you are doing it wrong, always--and with dishes with sauce, like a katsudon, why NOT use a spoon to get all the goodness?

Westerners and hafu born away from the Home Islands are usually given a pass though, because, obviously, our Mommas didn't raise us right.
 
2022-05-20 6:07:21 PM  
I use chopsticks a way I have never seen anyone else do, so I assume I'd get slapped if I went to China and ate that way, but it works great for me, I can pick up rice, large food items etc. One stick between thumb and first finger, second stick between second and third finger.
I think if you can do the Spock Vulcan salute you can do this.
 
2022-05-20 6:11:17 PM  
I have a friend, a very Caucasian one as I am, that always uses chopsticks when available where I prefer western eating implements.  Went to a place where chopsticks were the only option and I proceeded to use them with skill, if not entirely graceful.  My friend looked at me oddly as though they were expecting an issue.  I said "I never said I didn't know how to use them, just that I prefer not to."
 
2022-05-20 6:15:41 PM  
If I'm buying the sushi please try not to embarrass me by being clumsy with your sticks. If you are buying I'll have another beer ;)
 
2022-05-20 6:16:57 PM  
I'm in Utah... I doubt anyone here can correct my use of chopsticks.

When you got to a Thai restaurant and you realize you're the only one using em....
 
2022-05-20 6:29:27 PM  
I use my middle finger for the second stick instead of the first.
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2022-05-20 6:29:57 PM  
I dated a girl that couldn't properly use chopsticks, no matter how hard she tried. She just ended up using them as a stabbing tool for her food and ate it like a skewer.

She moved to Alabama.
 
2022-05-20 6:45:58 PM  
We had an employee here on a one year appointment from China. He was very impressed to see Americans using chop sticks. He ate pancakes with his hands, but whatever.
 
2022-05-20 6:52:44 PM  
I was taught to use your fingers to pick up sushi and use chopsticks to mix a small amount wasabi and soy sauce for dipping. And that Thai food should be eaten with a spoon, and only sociopaths eat pizza with a fork.
 
2022-05-20 6:54:10 PM  

Myk-House of El: I have a friend, a very Caucasian one as I am, that always uses chopsticks when available where I prefer western eating implements.  Went to a place where chopsticks were the only option and I proceeded to use them with skill, if not entirely graceful.  My friend looked at me oddly as though they were expecting an issue.  I said "I never said I didn't know how to use them, just that I prefer not to."


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2022-05-20 7:06:36 PM  
Wow, haven't seen this guy in a while. He got old.
 
2022-05-20 7:08:37 PM  
 
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2022-05-20 7:15:00 PM  
Fark chopsticks and everything they believe in.  I don't get the appeal.


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2022-05-20 7:16:40 PM  
Don't know if the video mentioned it because the background song was grating on me, but never, never, EVER stick your chopsticks in a bowl of rice. That's how food is offered to the dead, and it is a major faux pas to do so at dinner.
 
2022-05-20 7:17:43 PM  

Axeofjudgement: I'm in Utah... I doubt anyone here can correct my use of chopsticks.

When you got to a Thai restaurant and you realize you're the only one using em....


i can USE chopsticks, but you know i eat thai food with a spoon. at home i eat salad with a big spoon too! i actually try to maximize how many foods in my daily life can be eaten with a combo of: good knife, hands, bowl, spoon.

😜

about to go have some maggiano's with friends. which will be a fork and knife meal. although i DID use a spoon to eat some "malnati's salad" at a friend's house last night........just took one from the kitchen drawer and nobody batted an eye.
 
2022-05-20 7:18:15 PM  

BorgiaGinz: Don't know if the video mentioned it because the background song was grating on me, but never, never, EVER stick your chopsticks in a bowl of rice. That's how food is offered to the dead, and it is a major faux pas to do so at dinner.


yup
 
2022-05-20 7:25:46 PM  
Did the food get in your mouth?  If so, you are using them correctly.
 
2022-05-20 7:32:59 PM  
This whole "use of hands" business seems vulgar in this pandemic era.
I just plant my face directly into the food.
 
2022-05-20 7:33:15 PM  

oldernell: Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.


Ooooh look at all high-and-mighty here! The spork is outdated tech. Nowadays, the connoisseur of fine cuisine can't have their time wasted with simple implements such as that. Proper dining can only be done when all food is ground up into a pleasing slurry and sucked up through a straw while our Manservants Joe Bob and Diuretic James Fortnoy of the 27th plurality mop your chin with artisanal cloths made in the traditional way by abusing local tribes until they do your bidding.

What is this screeching, banging noise at the door? Fortnoy, I command you to go figure that out! I will be here with my straw and tonight's prime rib liquid slush. I am told the cook prepared it with my favorite food processor!
 
2022-05-20 7:36:02 PM  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: I was taught to use your fingers to pick up sushi and use chopsticks to mix a small amount wasabi and soy sauce for dipping. And that Thai food should be eaten with a spoon, and only sociopaths eat pizza with a fork.


Throughout SE Asia chopsticks were basically just for noodles. Anything else you used the back of a fork to push the food onto a spoon.

I'm reasonably adept with chopsticks, but didn't really see any outside of noodle shops. That may be a recent development, since chopsticks are considered a Chinese affectation, and a lot of people in that region resent Chinese influence.
 
2022-05-20 7:58:34 PM  
Chopsticks are the utensil of choice for picking cannabis buds out of a jar.
 
2022-05-20 8:14:11 PM  
First time I ever ate with chopsticks was on a date with the woman who is now my wife.

Apparently I'm naturally skilled because I didn't drop a thing.

Guys and chopsticks...am I right? 😉
 
2022-05-20 8:21:20 PM  

enry: oldernell: Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.

Chopsticks are for picking up things.  If you want a shovel, use your fingers.


So.... Filipino silverware
 
2022-05-20 8:31:19 PM  
I like chopsticks. I also like a tablespoon. Sometimes a fork. It depends on what I am eating. And my hunger to satiating it is. But in a restaurant , it's usually the sticks. Perhaps a teaspoon if rice is involved , as I tend to overdue sauces with rice. And the chopsticks tend to look like Freddy Krueger or Wolverine finger extensions , as an elderly Han woman told me that it helps ones coordination by having them that far out. She might have been having a laugh at my expense. But it works.
 
2022-05-20 8:32:04 PM  

oldernell: Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.


Shovelware is out and Sporkware is in?
/This won't affect my IoT devices?
 
2022-05-20 8:37:43 PM  

oldfarthenry: This whole "use of hands" business seems vulgar in this pandemic era.
I just plant my face directly into the food.


Having a small bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy to pass around is a must pretty much everywhere outside the developed world. Lots of cultures use fingers or flatbread to get food in their bellies. I've never had digestive issues after a shared hand-eaten meal.

/ now I really want some Dal Bhat.
 
2022-05-20 8:41:20 PM  
Digg.com is still around?
 
2022-05-20 8:51:38 PM  

Vermithrax Perjorative: Myk-House of El: I have a friend, a very Caucasian one as I am, that always uses chopsticks when available where I prefer western eating implements.  Went to a place where chopsticks were the only option and I proceeded to use them with skill, if not entirely graceful.  My friend looked at me oddly as though they were expecting an issue.  I said "I never said I didn't know how to use them, just that I prefer not to."

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Same thing I thought of as well, Vermithrax! Well played.

I use chopsticks, not very well, but good enough to eat what's in front of me. Ramen can get...interesting.
 
2022-05-20 8:54:06 PM  

hubiestubert: enry: oldernell: Chopsticks are millennia old and way outdated and generally act as a shovel. We now have the spork. Use it people.

Chopsticks are for picking up things.  If you want a shovel, use your fingers.

Or a damn spoon.

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I use chopsticks wrong too. My Dad taught me to use chopsticks, and he picked up using chopsticks when he went to Japan and met my Mom. I use chopstick using the third finger as an anchor, but I use my middle finger to move the upper stick, and the forefinger to steady it. I find it gives you a decent range of motion, and while sometimes folks get a little eye twitch when they see it, it's smooth and natural, and I don't fumble food so it works.

You CAN use a spoon for rice if you're hungry. The older generation in Japan may give you the side eye, but that's because you're kids and you're DOING IT WRONG--doesn't matter what it is, you are doing it wrong, always--and with dishes with sauce, like a katsudon, why NOT use a spoon to get all the goodness?

Westerners and hafu born away from the Home Islands are usually given a pass though, because, obviously, our Mommas didn't raise us right.


That's how I use chopsticks too.  I keep trying other ways based on videos I see, but I've been using them that way for 25 years, so other methods feel wrong.

I figure if I can grab individual grains of rice, and bigger heavier pieces with the same grip, then I must be doing something right.
 
2022-05-20 8:58:23 PM  
I don't mind chopsticks for eating off my own plate, but too many chopsticks-users think they are also serving utensils and grab things off of communal platters with them.  Yuck!
 
2022-05-20 8:58:27 PM  

oldfarthenry: This whole "use of hands" business seems vulgar in this pandemic era.
I just plant my face directly into the food.


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2022-05-20 8:59:38 PM  
I like eating with chopsticks. F*ck yo attitude.
 
2022-05-20 9:14:36 PM  
China and Japan, it is all so simple, chopstix and spoons, even for the Emperor.
Early in my career, I was part of doing an inventory at a very famous hotel in the Alberta Rockies. We had full sets of cutlery for at least 1000 ppl, sterling, of 2 different patterns, another for 500, and a fourth just in case the Queen wanted to host an intimate dinner for a hundred or so. Victorian era sets for the very top end parties.
Spoons from demitasse to dessert, at least 6 distinct table knives, forks for every course, snail tongs, seafood cocktail forks, and all of it Onieda Silver, or older stuff.
For 1000 pax. Twice.
And china to match.
 
2022-05-20 9:16:46 PM  

hoyt clagwell: I don't mind chopsticks for eating off my own plate, but too many chopsticks-users think they are also serving utensils and grab things off of communal platters with them.  Yuck!


With communal platters, it's considered very bad manners to pick up food from a communal plate and into your gob, that's just kind of icky, but communal chopsticks, the generally longer ones set around the table near dishes, are there for exactly that reason. In a pinch, you can reverse your chopsticks and pick something up too.
 
2022-05-20 9:18:33 PM  

Creoena: Fark chopsticks and everything they believe in.  I don't get the appeal.


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Once you become accustomed to chopsticks, you'll find they're much more pleasant to use with most foods. I eat almost everything with chopsticks except for obvious exceptions like sandwiches, steaks, and thick soups. Eating salad with a fork now feels downright weird, and slightly uncouth.

Also, the most common type of rice consumed regularly in China and Japan is more glutinous than other varieties, and so easy to pick up than are other types more common in the West.
 
2022-05-20 9:27:52 PM  
If it's wrong to hold one in each hand, I don't want to be right.
 
2022-05-20 9:38:24 PM  
The super long chopsticks are great for deep frying. They give you distance and don't transfer heat.
 
2022-05-20 9:44:17 PM  

Vermithrax Perjorative: The super long chopsticks are great for deep frying. They give you distance and don't transfer heat.


zackly what they are for
 
2022-05-20 10:10:19 PM  
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2022-05-20 10:13:11 PM  
The use of scissors in Korean dining still gets me. Like, couldn't you have cut this stuff with a knife?
 
2022-05-20 10:16:54 PM  
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2022-05-20 10:21:10 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: The use of scissors in Korean dining still gets me. Like, couldn't you have cut this stuff with a knife?


Oh, that's simple: if you're referring to Korean-style BBQ, the large pieces of meat are usually meant to be grilled whole, and then divided into bite-size pieces. Scissors are ideal for doing so at a crowded table where there is no room for a cutting board.

Probably safer too, considering I don't want people handling knives around me after the twelve bottle of soju's been polished off.
 
2022-05-20 10:27:09 PM  
spoons are for liquids.  If you're going to use silverware, a fork is the proper tool.
 
2022-05-20 10:34:20 PM  

Kittypie070: I like eating with chopsticks. F*ck yo attitude.


I like chopsticks I can select what is going in to my mouth at one time. Not just a spoon of everything. It's a precision instrument. Not "fill me up" I also like how they can detail a point when you're like biatching about work vs wave a spoon around qnd you're farking crazy
 
2022-05-20 10:48:27 PM  
If we were meant to use chopsticks, forks, or spoons, then the aliens would not have gifted us blender and straw technology.
 
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