You're in Chinese restaurant

@bugbaby (1788)
Indonesia
October 11, 2008 12:22am CST
Do you use the chopsticks, pretend like you know how to use the chopsticks, or drum on the table? it's the rice that gets me every time. I can use the chopsticks (sort of), but getting a bunch of rice... it's like a magic trick. Then I end up trying to bring my mouth to the chopsticks, and all the rice is falling everywhere, and next people start to watch. In conclusion, I get hungry and frustrated and give up.
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@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
11 Oct 08
i dont know how to use chopsticks nor it attracts me i feel like having it with spoon n fork as per my convience as food is sumthing i am of the opinion thati like to have it with pleasure and convenience rather thanshow off..and rules.. i have also witnessed many people in corporate having food during lunch hours in proper indian style
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• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
proper indian style? you mean with hands? cool. i always thought they prefer to eat with utensils to avoid their hands from getting dirty or smelly (some food's smell lingers on the skin for a while)
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@heaven11 (1159)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Hi bugbaby I donot know how to use chop sticks and to be honest I love Chinese food so much I wouldnt have the patient to fool with them
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• China
11 Oct 08
Haha, I see a lot of people can't use chopsticks very flexibally. Well, it's very simple for me because I have been using them for many years and just like you are used to forks and knives. Maybe some practice at home will help you a lot because you need not to worry about people will watching you even the rice is getting everywhere. But if you are not that into Chinese food, that's ok. And here I have a confidential note to give, Chinese food is really healthy and tasty as well. One of my American teachers lived in China for a year and then she lost pretty pounds and became elegant. I like Chinese food!
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• United States
11 Oct 08
I know how to use chopstick's and can use them well. But I don't normally use them to often.
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@samson1967 (7422)
• India
11 Oct 08
I dont follow any formalities in eating matter. Really I dont know how to use chopsticks,but at chinese restaurants I eat chinese food with spoon and a fork.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 08
I just don't know how to eat rice with chopsticks as the chinese are champion in the use of chopsticks. Have you notice how quickly the bowl of rice is being push to their mouth with the help of chopsticks. I would splatter the rice all over and end up probably only with a grain of rice. I really don't enjoy my meal if I were asked to use chopstick. Ever attended a sit down chinese dinner at a wedding party when they only use chopsticks and goodness me I was not able to pick up the slimmy mushroom which happen to be my favourite food. I only watch others enjoying this dish.
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• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
maybe you should practice more at home. or when you're bored in the office/school try to pick up an eraser using ballpen. and good thing you noticed how the chinese eat. some people are afraid of bringing the bowl to the mouth and pick the rice up from the bowl on the table to the mouth. and you guess it, the rice fall right back into the bowl or on the table
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@bugbaby (1788)
• Indonesia
12 Oct 08
yes, i think you must learn to use chopstick.
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• Singapore
12 Oct 08
zandi458, Firstly, just be a little observant on your table settings when you have a Chinese sit down dinner. I am sure that there will be a spoon there. It is not just used for the soup, lest you be mistaken. In a grand dinner like wedding, you can always let your host know that you are not accustomed to using chopsticks and I am sure they can pass you the spoon and fork with a plate as well. If not, just simply ask the waiter or waitress serving your table. Lastly, if you have the chance, do have some practice on your own. If not then, just remember the above which I had mentioned and not missed out on enjoying your meal. Have a nice day.
@warrior_777 (1392)
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
I know how to use chopstick and I really love to eat in Chinese restaurant. That's true it's really hard to eat rice if we use chopstick, so what I do then to prevent me from getting into much trouble into eating rice with chopstick, I didn't ordered any rice from Chinese restaurant. I only order their soup and foods that can be eaten with chopstick he he.. Have a nice day..
• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
too bad. some stuff goes really well with rice. ask for fork and spoon next time. i'm sure the restaurant won't mind. enjoy your meals :)
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• Philippines
12 Oct 08
Better not pretend that you know how to use the chopstick. Ask for spoon and fork. Because if you pretend you will just get hungry.....
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@chiaeugene (2226)
• China
12 Oct 08
hi, i think it is alright to eat your rice with a spoon. i am a chinese and would normally eat my rice with a spoon and fork. i can use a chopstick too but i prefer the former. the most important thing is to enjoy your food and whatever means u get them to your mouth does not matter. why bother about what others think. somehow i find these people noseypokey. everyone has a first time or unfamiliar at doing something, why laugh or stare at others when they themselves may be in a similar situation next time.
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• United States
11 Oct 08
i get to eat at a chinese restaurant so rarely that i always at least try to use the chopsticks. i think its fun trying lol! i CAN use them, it takes me longer to eat and i cant use the WELL by any means. i know how im supposed to hold them and move my fingers..its just a matter of convincing my fingers to do what my brain is telling them! to me, its part of the whole fun and experience of eating dinner out at different restaurant with different foods. ( i know there is a word for that but i cant think of it lol)
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@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I try to eat with chopsticks, but I have a mobility impairment so it's just to difficult for me. When it comes to Chinese food, I'm a knife and fork girl, as much as I wish I good be more culturally appropriate to Asia.
• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
don't feel bad about it. not all asians know how to eat in a proper manner according to another asian's culture. so just enjoy yourself and enjoy the food :)
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• United States
11 Oct 08
i use a fork. I won't pretend to know how to use chop sticks. if they have an issue with it, in the resturant, I will take my order to go.
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• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
i think restaurant people are usually helpful with your needs of using fork and spoon to enjoy the meal. it's the food you want to enjoy, not the chopstick experience. too bad if they refuse to provide fork and spoon for guests. we're not talking about having full set of fork and spoon enough for every patrons as most people are probably comfortable with the chopsticks. too bad if such restaurants lose potential customers just because the customers can't have fork and spoon to eat with
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@GemmaR (8526)
11 Oct 08
I use chopsticks for everything apart from soup (OBVIOUSLY!) and rice. I have to use a spoon for the rice as I can never ever seem to pick the stuff up with the chopsticks! I admire the chinese who have mastered the skill from birth!
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• Malaysia
12 Oct 08
you can never eat basmathi rice with chopstick even if you're born chinese and have been using the chopstick when you were a baby. lol. but the trick is actually in scooping the rice into your mouth without falling (assuming you use chinese/japanese rice) pick a lump of rice keeping the chopstick at the base of the rice lump smaller than its diameter, bring the bowl near your mouth and shove it in your mouth. tadaa... instant rice-n-chopstick expert! (this is how the chinese do it) chinese and japanese rice are the sticky type. and indian rice are not. indian rice is either cooked with spices or eaten with curry and using sticky rice will be a total disaster because there will be parts of the rice that will clump together, leaving bland taste in the center of the ball. so they use rice without the sticky factor so if you buy basmathi or any types of rice with little starch (i always think of this as the sticky factor) you won't be able to do it. my sister went to germany once and said her host family tried to eat basmathi on plate with chopsticks and when she told me i was like "is that even possible?" and she said "hell no. i just ate with my hand" so i assume most of the time westerners use the indian rice. the solution of this: absolutely no chopsticks. just ask for fork and spoon if you're gonna eat that kind of rice happy eating :)
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I have tried them and it made the meal not as enjoyable for me. I do not want to pretend that I am Chinese. I think it is great that they can use them but I was raised with forks, spoons and knives, so I am true to my own self and eat with those type of utensils. To thine own self be true!!
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@Tonycn (76)
• Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
12 Oct 08
Haha,I'm a Chinese and I'm living in China.Your story is sound interesting to me.
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@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I usually try to use them a little at first. And by try I mean try. I nave never fully gotten the concept totally down. But I always try a little bit before I give up and just pick up my fork, and really start eating.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Oct 08
i have never tried to use chopsticks but i'm real sure i would be a disaster wating to happen if i did. i love chinese food but will stick w/my fork. lol
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Oct 08
well im not used on using chopstick ..but i know how but not really comfortable compared to our utensils...it could be fun to try one if im at home and with the family but not in public restaurant i guess...i always ask for the usual utensils..
@Giox91 (38)
• Italy
12 Oct 08
Hello! I love oriental culture infact when I'm in a chinese restaurant or japanes restaurant I use only chapstick and I'm very pratical. When you use chapstick for take rice or pasta you taste the dish in a different way from normal. Bye ^_^
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• Philippines
12 Oct 08
Hi! When I'm eating noodles or any food that can be picked up by a chopstick, I use chopstick. But if it's rice, I only use chopstick only if it's a "Rice-in-a-box". What I do is I bring the rice to one corner of the box and sort of pack them into a whole and have that whole rice placed on top of the ends of the two chopsticks and eat them. But I wouldn't want to shove the rice into my mouth when the rice is on a bowl If that's the case, then I just ask for a spoon and fork and enjoy the food
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