Can you eat with chopsticks?

@GuateMom (1411)
Canada
July 10, 2007 1:54pm CST
Just curious, how many people here can eat with chopsticks? Obviously, some of you will be accustomed to this because you are from a country where chopsticks are the norm, but what about everyone else? Where and how did you learn? My dad taught me when I was little. Whenever we went to a Chinese restaurant, he would send the forks away with the waiter and we HAD to eat with chopsticks. It was very frustrating sometimes, but it meant we did learn quickly!
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@wilynn (753)
• Singapore
10 Jul 07
Sure I can. Since, I'm Chinese. But to be honest, the way I hope my chopstick is totally wrong and I really cannot be bothered to change it. Some people will comment that hey a Chinese cannot hold the chopstick properly but really, I can pick up more marbles the way I hold my chopsticks then the right way. I like to do what makes me comfortable and never cared about what other people may comment. I think picking up marbles using chopstick can help you to learn to use the chopstick quite quickly. :D
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
Hey, if it works! I have never tried to pick up marbles with chopsticks . . . I don´t think I would last long! I know what you mean about just doing things the way that is comfortable. I personally hold both a pencil and a crochet hook wrong, but the way I do it works for me!
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• Malaysia
11 Jul 07
I eat with chopstick. I enjoy to eat with chopstick because back in my country, not many can use chopstick to eat. People who use chopstick here, u can divide it into 2 groups. The one who only can use chopstick to eat noodles but cannot eat rice. There's another group who can eat noodles, rice and almost all dishes using chopstick. I'm in category 2.. Back when i was little, i was so devoted to cantonese drama which was shown every evening on TV. I like the way they eat using chopstick. Then I started slowly how to use chopstick. Firstly its hard, I admit it. I always make a mess until my mother yelling at me "What on earth have u done to all of the foods?!!". Then I just silently cleanse everything... Its going on and on until Me myself don't even realize, when actually is it that i can use chopstick to eat... And for now, I thank God that I can eat using chopstick cause when i started my job, it was surrounded by mostly chinese. The big boss is chinese and always invited us to some expensive chines restaurant. I'm so proud because even though I can't speak chinese, I can eat the way they eat. Eat everything on the table using chopstick.
• United States
11 Jul 07
no.i used to, but forgot how!!
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@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
Honestly, I don't know how to use chopstick in eating. I don't even know the proper way of holding it. I bought a pair and am trying to practice it on my own but to no avail. I'll just eat with fork and spoon it's a lot easier.
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@chileman (968)
• Australia
10 Jul 07
Well I'm from Australia and it's not normal to eat with chopsticks but I like to eat asian ffod with chopsticks, I find it more of a novalty especially with my kids eating with them but they add to a dinning experience!
@djah2773 (27)
• Philippines
10 Jul 07
Only occasionally. Some commercial japanese restaurants I go to have chopsticks instead of spoon and fork. I'm still learning to get the hang of them esp. when eating non-sticky rice. I just ask for a spoon when I can't take it anymore.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
10 Jul 07
I learned when I was in my early teens or it could have been younger. We used to go to Chinatown in Vancouver for Chinese food and chopsticks were always offered then, not like in the restaurants I have been in here in Winnipeg. I wish they would offer them here, but it seems they think us white folk are unable to master the technique. Well I did and Chinese food tastes better with chopsticks.
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• Philippines
10 Jul 07
yeah, I can. =) My father is half-chinese, I was sent to a chinese school and almost all of my friends are chinese. During my highschool years, we usually eats in chinese restaurants and some doesn't really provides spoon and fork so i was forced to learn on using chopsticks. =)
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• Philippines
11 Jul 07
Where you from? I guess where in the same country.. Philippines.. I can eat using a chopstick But only with noodles or pasta.. I cant use it when Im eating rice.. Same with you., My dad also tught me on how to use these chopsticks.. :D
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
Nope, I´m from Canada originally, but now I live in Guatemala. Neither are big chopstick countries! lol.
@mean_queen (1713)
• Malaysia
11 Jul 07
I love using chopsticks to eat. No, I'm not Chinese but I do live in Malaysia so the Chinese culture has definitely seeped into our society. I don't really know how good I am with chopsticks compared to the Chinese but I can eat a bowl of rice with chopsticks. Whenever my family and I go eat at a Chinese restaurant, I prefer to use chopsticks even though I'll be eating rice. My whole family does that to. Somehow I find that it has more 'feel' to it when I'm eating with chopsticks especially when eating noodles. I don't know why. It's just yummier that way! lol..
@ccamsi (13)
• South Korea
11 Jul 07
I can handle chopsticks in eating food because my parents have taught me how to use chopsticks at an early age. I want to let you know there are many advantages in using chopsticks. Chopstick is not a simple tool. According to medical experts, handling chopsticks in everyday life activates their 64 muscles and 34 articulation at once. In addition, the movement of each finger in handling chopsticks might help to develop a kid's intellectual powers stimulating the nerves to the cerebrum and can prevent Alzheimer's disease. Here are tips for developing your skill in handling chopsticks. One is the game in which people pick and carry beans or grains (soybeans for childrens and mungbeans and rice for adults) from one point to another. Another game is selecting beans of a particular color (chosen by competing teams) from a plate of several beans of different colors. Still another is a relay game by transporting a bean from the chopsticks of the person at the top of the line to the chopsticks of the next person until it reaches the person at the end of the line. It is important that each player maintains the gap between the chopsticks. When you play a game with chopsticks, you don't need to buy expensive chopsticks and beans. Keep this in mind. Likewise you can develop your creativity by thinking of variations to the games.
• Singapore
11 Jul 07
Sure, I can eat well enough with chopsticks, my friend. After all, I use them practically everyday. They are especially good for noodles. But sometimes if I am feeling lazy or just having something simple, I will opt for a fork instead. :)
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
Yup, a fork definitely requires less concentration!
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
I cannot and that's sad, I nevy my friends who can eat with eat, If we are in a chinese resataurant then I have to ask for a spoon and fork, one time, we had a dare,we did not ask for spoons and we tried using those chopstick but to my dismay I got hungrier and hungrier till I called on a waiter and ask for that precious utensil.
@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
11 Jul 07
When I was little and got frustrated, I just stabbed the food with my chopstick!
@yojspew (171)
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
I know how to use chopsticks but not in a proper way...there are times that I would drop some foods on the table...probably because my grip is not really good...^^ I learned how to use chopsticks when i was in high school...Whenever I eat noodles and sushi...I would always use chopsticks.
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
yep, i can eat using chopsticks, its not that hard, when i was young i was also thought by a japanese friend. ^.^ its cool but i do not use it as a tool for daily basis of eating.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
11 Jul 07
Hi there. Yes I can eat with chopsticks and the only time i will use these wooden or bone utensils are when we're eating chinese food...
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@nunox77 (20)
• Portugal
11 Jul 07
As i enjoy but not adore chinese food , but don´t like japonese food, i one or twice tried to eat chinese food with chopsticks, but it didn´t went well, but i have some friends that can eat very well with them, only needs is someone to tell you how to handle the sticks and then practice a little.
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• Malaysia
11 Jul 07
i have Chinese friend sometime i try to use chopsticks but it will ended with laughing.. i dont how.. i rather just use one stick and spin the nooodle and eat.. haha and to eat other i just use spoon or use my hand i getting sick to try using chopstick.. it really tough.. :D
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@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
yes i definitely can... my father teach me since i am very little and i have to know how to use it because i am a chinese... :-) otherwise, it will be a disgrace to me...
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
11 Jul 07
I know how to =) I am swedish but my best friend and her family when i grew up where from china, so whenever i was at there house for dinner I tried to learn =) I was always offered a fork, but me beeing so stubborn never took it *lol*
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