Do You Know How to Eat with Chopsticks?

@thelme55 (76416)
Germany
August 7, 2022 8:47am CST
I don’t but I have tried my best to be able to use them. I have chopsticks in my kitchen drawer but I am not using them. My husband and son know how to eat with them so they can use chopsticks whenever we go to a Chinese restaurant. Yesterday was my birthday and we went for the first time to a Korean restaurant for a special dinner. We invited a few friends but only my best friend could come. The restaurant was an hour drive from where we live. We ordered Samgyeopsal (Korean bbq), Kimchi fried rice, veggies for the bbq, mango juice, coconut juice and some wine. The waiter instructed us how to make the Korean bbq, food wrapped in lettuce. When the waiter was gone. My friend said, „Yay! I have spoon for my kimchi fried rice. I was already thinking of bringing my own spoon.“ We started laughing. Then I only saw chopsticks on our table. No fork and knife. My friend wanted to ask for a fork and knife but I said no. We started laughing again when my son said, „ how to eat the rice with chopsticks?“ I know he was only joking but it brought us tears while laughing. It was hard to stop laughing. We enjoyed eating our first Korean dinner. Then I said, thanks goodness we have lettuce for wrapping my food. At least I could push my meat and veggies to the lettuce, wrap them before eating. It was a delicious and fun dinner. We were very happy. It was a memorable day for me to remember. Writing this makes me laugh remembering our funny moments. Now I have to learn eating with chopsticks. I want to go back there. The waiter sung birthday song for me while serving us Soju (Korean beer) drinks for free after our dinner. I liked it that I gave him a good tip. Anyway, did you have those funny moments in a restaurant before? What was it? Thanks for reading.
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@Beestring (8758)
• Hong Kong
7 Aug
I like Korean food, especially Korean BBQ. Kimchi is too spicy for me. Cannot think of any funny moments in a restaurant.
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@sjvg1976 (38201)
• Delhi, India
9 Aug
@cacay1 I have heard of Kimchi but never tasted it. We have a few Korean restaurants, I should check it.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@Beestring I haven't tasted Korean foods. I've tasted and like them Chinese foods, Thai foods and Indian foods.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
8 Aug
I like Korean food too especially Kimchi. Thank you @Beestring.
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@DaddyEvil (103936)
• United States
7 Aug
Pretty and I have eaten in a Korean restaurant but they gave us spoons and forks. We don't know how to use chopsticks, anyway. Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had a good time.
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@DaddyEvil (103936)
• United States
8 Aug
@thelme55 I bet that's fun... looking Asian so people think you're an Asian. You're welcome.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@DaddyEvil, I don't have reasons to use a chopstick. We use spoon and fork here. Using a chopstick annoys me . When I dined at a Chinese resto in Auckland I requested fork and spoon placed in boiling water. Do you think restos using chopsticks recycle them. I'm so intrigued
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
8 Aug
I think the waiter thought that we know how to use chopsticks because most of us looked like Asian. Thank you very much @DaddyEvil. Yes, I had a good time.
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@May2k8 (16749)
• Indonesia
8 Aug
Usually they use fluffier rice so it's easy to stick to the chopsticks, The funny thing is that the first time I used chopsticks it fell on the table and I picked it up with my finger.
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@May2k8 (16749)
• Indonesia
9 Aug
@cacay1 I'm a person who can't wait to finish the food so I asked for a spoon and knife.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@much2say, that was the funny part picking it I'm not interested to learn eating in chopstick.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
9 Aug
Yes, they use fluffy rice @May2k8. That happened to me too and I couldn’t stopped laughing as I saw my chopstick felt down the table.
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@sjvg1976 (38201)
• Delhi, India
8 Aug
I never used chopsticks for eating anything. Here we use a spoon, fork, and knife. I dont know how would I have eaten rice with the chopsticks.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@sjvg1976, what if we're in a hurry can a chopstick makes eating fast . I think not, I'm not a fan of chopstick. We use fork and spoon.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@thelme55, nah, I'll surely arrive to work late if use a chopstick in eating
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
8 Aug
We use fork, knife and spoons too @ sjvg1976. It sounds difficult to eat rice with chopsticks unless the rice is very sticky.
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@LadyDuck (417569)
• Switzerland
7 Aug
I know how to use them, even if I dislike to use them for rice as you have to place your mouth too close to the bowl and I do not like this. I cannot remember funny moments in a restaurant.
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@LadyDuck (417569)
• Switzerland
7 Aug
@thelme55 I have seen the Chinese do the same, it is surely fine and polite for them, but I feel so bad placing the bowl so close to my mouth. Enjoy your Sunday Thelma.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
7 Aug
I see. I have seen on you tube how the Koreans eat rice with chopsticks. The bowl of rice is so near the mouth indeed. Thank you @LadyDuck. Have a nice Sunday.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
8 Aug
@LadyDuck The same with me. I don’t like it to put the bowl near my mouth while holding it. I enjoyed my Sunday. Thank you.
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7 Aug
When I moved to China it took me 3 months to learn how to use them and now I’m a pro lol. I use them at home as well for rice too. It took me a while to master it tho but now it’s my go to utensil.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
7 Aug
Wow! That long?! Thanks for the info @Greencindere.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
8 Aug
@Greencindere Wow! That means you eat 3 full meals everyday with chopsticks. No bread sandwich for breakfast or so.
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7 Aug
@thelme55 yes 3 months and I’m talking breakfast, lunch and dinner and never caving in lol.
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@youless (108936)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Aug
I am a Chinese and it is no problem for me to use chopsticks
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
9 Aug
I know. You were born with a chopsticks in the hand @youless. Thank you.
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@snowy22315 (146429)
• United States
7 Aug
Sort of, but it is really hard for me to eat rice with them.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
7 Aug
Yes, it is indeed hard @snowy22315. Thank you.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@snowy22315, me too, I tried to use it but I can't make it. It's annoying.
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@snowy22315 (146429)
• United States
9 Aug
@cacay1 It is tough.
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@averygirl72 (34639)
• Philippines
8 Aug
Belated Happy Birthday. I'm not interested to learn to use chop sticks. I think it is difficult. Your celebration looks really fun
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
9 Aug
Thank you very much @averygirl72. I think it is difficult but I am interested to learn it. Yes, it was a nice celebration
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@rebelann (103067)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Aug
Oh no, I missed this originally. Well, Happy belated Birthday. I can use chopsticks for a few things but I have never tried eating rice with them.
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@rebelann (103067)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Aug
You are welcome. Yes, sticky rice would be easier to eat with chopsticks.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
29 Aug
Thank you very much @rebelann. I think rice should be sticky to stick between the chopsticks.
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@valmnz (17270)
• New Zealand
8 Aug
I've tried eating with chopsticks but I'm not very good at it. Usually I ask for a fork.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
9 Aug
Me either @valmnz. Usually, when we go to a Chinese restaurant, we get fork and knife besides chopsticks. Thank you.
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@DianneN (244569)
• United States
27 Aug
Belated birthday greetings! I ate Korean food in China Yes, I can use chopsticks, but still prefer silverware.
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@DianneN (244569)
• United States
30 Aug
@thelme55 Silverware or our fingers are much easier to use. lol
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
2 Sep
@DianneN I agree. Those are the best for us to use.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
29 Aug
Thank you very much @DianneN Wow! I have never been in China, I also prefer silverware.
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@aninditasen (11249)
• Raurkela, India
8 Aug
We did go to restaurants many times but never faced such situation and I don't know how to eat with chop sticks.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@aninditasen, me too find it hard to use a chopstick.
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@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
@aninditasen nah it requires practices.
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@aninditasen (11249)
• Raurkela, India
9 Aug
@cacay1 Not a morsel of food will go into my mouth with chopsticks.
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@Kandae11 (49171)
7 Aug
I have never tried eating with chopsticks and I imagine it would be hard to do. Especially when eating rice.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
8 Aug
Yes, it seems hard treat with chopsticks @Kandae11 but I wonder why it is easy for my husband and son to use them. Thank you.
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@Kandae11 (49171)
8 Aug
@thelme55 Some people have a natural knack in handling certain things. I might become an expert if l tried it.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
8 Aug
@Kandae11 You’re right. How I wish I have that „natural knack“.
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@mayka123 (15546)
• India
9 Aug
I have not tried Korean food. We dont have any Korean restaurant close by. I dont think I would be able to handle chopsticks also.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
11 Aug
I see. Do you eat with spoon, fork and knife? Thank you @mayka123.
@cacay1 (77161)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Aug
What a shame pushing the foods with lettuce . Better practice using chopstick. I also don't know Belated Happy birthday my friend.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
29 Aug
Not a shame but a practicality for myself to eat @cacay1. Thank you for the greetings. Sorry for the late reply.
@JudyEv (294463)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Aug
A belated Happy Birthday and how wonderful that you had such a good meal and such a fun night. And then to have the waiter sing Happy Birthday! That would have been special too.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
29 Aug
Thank you very much @JudyEv. Sorry for the late reply. It was really a special day for me. It was a memorable day.
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@gtdoss (1111)
• United States
29 Aug
Wow, it sounds like you had a great supper with friends and family! The funniest moments we've had at restaurants have been at Japanese Hibachi restaurants where they cook the food in front of you. And, yes, I am quite good at using chopsticks, because I have been using them at the many Chinese restaurants I have been to in my life (I live in the United States).
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
2 Sep
Yes, it was great. A memorable one @gtdoss. I have not been to a Japanese restaurant. I have seen that cooking in front of you in some Asian movies. That would be good to try. There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in Düsseldorf. Maybe I will try one of them with my family or friends. Thank you.
@luisga814 (6399)
• Quezon City, Philippines
7 Aug
Yes. I do. I've learned that from some friends.
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
9 Aug
I see. That is good for you. Thank you @luisga814.
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@luisga814 (6399)
• Quezon City, Philippines
9 Aug
@thelme55 Cheers.
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@dodostrez (157)
• Yogyakarta, Indonesia
19 Aug
in asia many countries use chopstick to eat in indonesia use to eat mie
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@thelme55 (76416)
• Germany
25 Aug
You are right @dodostrez. Thank you.
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