Eating Styles: Chopsticks Edition! Sam June 16, 2011 Eating Styles 8 Comments I’ve felt a little guilty ever since bashing chopsticks-users pretty handily way back in the very first Eating Styles post. Since then, I’ve come to see that us fork-users aren’t so different from our nimble-fingered brethren, and that we should come to accept and love each other.* So for today’s eating styles post, I want to know which side of the divide you’re on, So Good readers. When you’re eating at a restaurant that has chopsticks, do you use them? Or do you stick with your fork? Pros: being authentic, looking cool, ability to use them at home with your Annie Chun meals. Cons: difficult, possibly becoming (or being perceived as) pretentious. What do you think about chopsticks, So Good readers? Do you use them? Shun them? Find them too difficult? Turn to a different utensil entirely? Choose your answer and explain in the comments. [poll id="234"] *My animosity towards using chopsticks actually has less to do with its perceived pretentiousness and more to do with the fact that, like Guitar Hero and two-fingered whistling, chopsticks are going to go down in history as one of the few skills I will never, ever, ever, master. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Sam My name is Sam and all I care about is food. Latest posts by Sam (see all) Quick Bite: French Toast Crunch - March 8, 2014 Eating Styles: Would You Eat Horse Meat? - November 18, 2013 Deep Fried Everything Ep 153 - November 14, 2013 8 Responses lauri June 16th, 2011 You know they make chopsticks for beginners…http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/d293/ Reply stacey@Havoc&Mayhem June 16th, 2011 It depends. Usually I end up with a mix of chopsticks & fork. I can eat many things with chopsticks & I can pick up a single grain of rice with a chopstick. But I cannot manage to get even close to a mouthful of rice with chopsticks & since the rice is usually on my plate & not in a separate bowl, the ‘shoveling method’ of rice eating is impossible. So I use a fork. Reply Cynthia June 16th, 2011 While I voted for chopsticks, because they are fun to use….they are only fun for a while, then I give up and go for the fork. Reply Cathy McBride June 16th, 2011 Of course I use chopsticks!). Not out of pretense but because it is fun and if one day all the forks in the world disappeared, I would still be able to eat. Which, I think, is a very important survival skill. Reply Geena Stepp June 16th, 2011 cynthia– tottaly agree with you!! Reply Eugene Kan June 16th, 2011 I used to think a fork and knife were much more efficient for eating than chopsticks, but after pretty much using ONLY chopsticks the last 5 years, I hate using a fork and knife. There are obvious ones that need due to cutting requirements, but you can pick food up in a much more articulate manner with chopsticks. With chopsticks you can grab from the side/top/angle but with a fork you can really only stab it from the top. And well if you’re eating Asian food, once you shovel it into your mouth (ie a piece of gailan) you can quickly re-adjust the chopsticks further down whereas you can’t re-stab something with a fork once it’s off the plate. Reply Jamie Oliver June 17th, 2011 I only use them if asked to demonstrate how to use them. They dont work all that well with our western table manners. They work better in aplace where its ok to pick the plate up and snowshovel the food across the edge of the plate in to your mouth. Reply HollyKath June 17th, 2011 There are a lot of items I would cringe using a fork on. Ex: sushi, sashimi, poke, pho.. The list goes on. Just feels wrong for metal to go anywhere in or around said items. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.