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Answer me something ... about chopsticks and Asian food?

ipse dixit | Mar 28, 2006 04:11 PM

Why is it that people insist on using chopsticks when eating anything remotely Asian, e.g. sushi, teriyaki bowls/plates, Chinese takeout, fried rice, chow mein?

This is especially curious to me when the eater in question is NOT proficient with chopsticks.

Having eaten the above items (e.g. teriyaki bowls, sushi, etc.) many times with both chopsticks and a fork, I can tell you that it does not taste any better, or different, with chopsticks.

Now, I can understand it if one is eating a bowl of noodles or ramen, where chopsticks are definitely more efficient, but if the meal in question is, say, for example fried rice, isn't it easier just to use a fork or spoon (or a spork!)?

Sometimes I'll be at my favorite lunch-plate joint and watch as some poor sap tries to eat every single pebble of rice with chopsticks and get so frustrated that he just ends up ripping up the styrofoam bowl and scoops up the rice directly from the bowl sans eating utensil. And this is after watching in a sort of voyeuristic bewilderment the person in question handle the chopsticks as if he were a blind puppeteer -- trying awkwardly to position the two sticks between the correct fingers and thumb, only to have either one or both sticks end up criss-crossing each other ...

Sorry, just something I had to get off my chest.

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