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Why do Asians use chopsticks, the worst possible utensil for eating rice?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Andrew, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Administrator
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  2. xoAims

    xoAims New Member

  3. Andrew

    Andrew Administrator
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    This is great, I love the bit when she eats the entire cake all at once using chopsticks :D. Here's the embedded version:

    In my family we tend to eat a lot of Western food with chopsticks too, like spaghetti and pasta. It is just way more efficient than using a fork.

    I also get annoyed as I'm the only person who uses chopsticks properly. With proper technique you can cut food in the middle of the table, you can pick fish meat from the bone, you can do way more in the majority of situations as long as the food is prepared correctly in bite-size chunks.
  4. CantoMumYin

    CantoMumYin New Member

    We eat with my daughter at the table for the point of teaching her etiquette and especially how to use chopsticks. It's such a versatile tool, I cook with them, beat eggs, pick things out from awkward spots around the house, so many uses for the chopsticks! I bought my daughter a chopstick connector for the top of hers so she can practice but she prefers to take it off and copy us!
  5. Andrew

    Andrew Administrator
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    Chopsticks for kids are a very good idea - we were thinking of getting these Thomas the Tank Engine (Percy or James seem to be available on eBay). Did your chopstick connectors just work with any pair as an addon?
  6. flickserve

    flickserve New Member

    A very entertaining video on chopsticks:D

    You know 2nd/3rd/4th generation chinese immigrants will lose chinese language skills.

    However, chopstick skills get passed on through the generations.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2015
  7. HowieP

    HowieP Member

    Those chopstick connectors are a great introduction for kids, but you can also fashion the same thing on the fly really easily. Fold up a small piece of paper (like the paper sheath from chopsticks in a restaurant) and sandwich it at the top, then tighten a hairband around the top. I've done this more than once when my daughter was learning and we forgot her 'learning chopsticks'
  8. Andrew

    Andrew Administrator
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    Great tip, can you post a photo of this, I'm having a hard time visualising it.
  9. HowieP

    HowieP Member

    Sure; let me see if I can attach a few pictures. There are two versions of this, both using disposable chopsticks that many restaurants have. The first is a basic solution where you fold the paper packaging and slide it gently between the still connected sticks, being careful not to go too far up or they snap. The second allows a wider gap (better for older kids) but requires an elastic band or hair tie to keep the top fastened. Here's the basic version:
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  10. crispily

    crispily New Member

    The Thomas training chopsticks worked out great for my family. The more advanced level has fewer rings for the fingers.

    While the connectors make it easy for kids pick up food, the tweezer-like technique is not really the same as using real chopsticks. I'm not sure how the child will manage when the connector is removed.
  11. ryvchong

    ryvchong New Member

  12. hanovercigars

    hanovercigars New Member

    Is there a proper way of using chopsticks?
  13. NessNZ

    NessNZ New Member

    Haha great video and thread!

    Sorry if this is a tangent but question to posters above who have used kiddies training chopsticks - at what age did you start with your little one? My girl is 21 months and is good with a spoon (mostly anyway) but just stabs at things when I give her the training chopsticks (my mum got her a pair of skip hop ones with the connector at the end). Is it too early?

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