Sunday, March 25, 2012

Chopsticks for White People

Via There, I Fixed It



I would totally use these.

Or at least I would, if my people hadn't already invented the fork.

11 comments:

  1. I seriously need to get at least a case of those. I'm constantly being mocked because I can't use chop sticks. I need the case so I have replacements for when I throw them at someone.....did I mention I'm very good at darts. ;-)

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  2. Been around for a long time. Called training chopsticks and used to teach people how to eat with chopsticks. Can't say I like the ones you have pictured as that spring thing is going to get rusty and food caked pretty quickly because it's so close to the food end. Check out these instead.

    http://www.asianideas.com/woch1.html

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  3. I don't see the point in learning to use obsolete eating implements, just so we can experience peasant life in 10th century China. Even if visiting the orient, it is so easy to bring and use your own fork.

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  5. With my track record, I'd probably lose my grip on them and zing my fellow diners with a deadly weapon...rice for the ammo.

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  6. When I was a kid, I didn't much care for Japanese food, and when we went to a Chinese restaurant, I would order a hamburger (Chinese and Canadian cuisine). I don't even remember when or how I learned to use chopsticks. I suppose my attitude back then was a form of reverse or inverse racism. Didn't really appreciate the food or the tools until much later.

    Professor Hale:
    I would hazard a guess that you don't intend to come across as an arrogant ass. (I say this without any intent to offend.)

    Some people haven't even learned to master the use of a fork at the dining room table without looking like a neanderthal.

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  7. If by "arrogant ass" you mean that I am right but you disagree with me, then yes, I do intend it.

    Chopsticks are an inferior method for eating no matter what standard you use. Even a poorly trained neanderthal will get more food into his mouth and less on the tablecloth using a fork than with chopsticks. The fork also permits more variability in the size of the food being consumed.

    In a pinch, you can tape 4 chopsticks together and use that as a fork.

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  8. Eating with chopsticks is like writing an essay on an iPhone - it's better than nothing, but there are more efficient ways of doing it.

    The only thing I can think of to explain the persistence of chopsticks is that by the time Asians developed metallurgy on a broad enough scale to make forks affordable, cheap wooden chopsticks were already an ingrained cultural tradition.

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  9. I suspect that they are only continuing it as part of a massive joke on the rest of us. In private, they all use forks too.

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  10. Lots of chopstick design had surface to the market and some of the designs are specially made for those individuals that wants to learn how to use chopstick.

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  11. Chopsticks are really fun to use. I remember when I use this for the first time. It took me 30 to 40 minutes just to fish my food.

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