When you eat Chinese food, do you eat with chopsticks or silverware?
They don’t? Many Africans and Indians with with their hands. Eastern Asians use chopsticks. Pretty much only the West uses flatware. It’s only efficient to you because that’s all you use
Noodles are slurpable.
Chopsticks if there are any available. (And there are in my own home.) I ate almost exclusively with them for some years, except for things that needed a spoon, so I prefer them for a lot of things, and I always have them around. (I've even taken them on camping trips.)
Because that’s all they’ve ever eaten with lol
Artie, it sounds like you and my son-in-law have similar eating habits. In a former life, he was a shift supervisor at a fast food place, and never had much time for breaks, including meals.
Wait, no, that's not the entire truth. When he tells this, he includes the fact that he was still smoking then, and he had to fit a cigarette break in with his lunch or dinner break.
But years later he *still* eats really fast. If we're all having a meal together, sometimes he's almost finished before I've barely begun. I've always had a reputation for being a very slow eater, both with family & friends, and when I ate with colleagues at work - but that's not at all dependent on the chopsticks. Doesn't matter if I'm eating a sandwich, using a fork, or eating pad Thai with chopsticks. I just like to eat slowly and savor it. But it isn't the chopsticks that slow me down.
Why what? That I ate with them for years? It was when I was a vegetarian (mostly vegan). Therefore no hunks of meat or much of anything else that needed to be cut up when it was on my plate, and I find them at least as efficient as a fork if not more so. Back then I ate mostly from a bowl. Many meals requiring utensils were often variations of stir fries.
Stuff as small-grained as rice (like, uh, grains) can be a little tricky unless it's sort of sticky, but a fork isn't too great for that anyway. I'd probably use a spoon now, but probably resorted to shoveling with the tips of the chopsticks held together back then.
Or they don’t know how to use anything else, personally I don’t think either utensil is more efficient that the other. They’re better eaten with different foods sure, like a knife and fork with a steak. But it’s a lot easier to eat noodles with chopsticks
Well Susan, that explains it. Efficiency isn’t your objective. I’m a shoveler.😊 Typical type A.
Ha! Noodles are clumsy under all circumstances.
Not at all ;)
We used to cook with some extra-large chopsticks, MrEd. I don't think I have any of those now.
Hm. I might have to get some, now.
Well, first, what do you mean by "efficient"? Getting the most food into your mouth as fast as possible? That's not how I want to eat, so I don't find the statement very pertinent.
And no, I'm not kidding. If I wanted "efficiency" of that kind, I'd probably invent something like a mini snow shovel.
I don't find chopsticks "inefficient" for eating bite-size food of *any* ethnicity or kind, at a pace that I enjoy - not agonizingly slow at all, but not conveyer-belt speedy either.
Chopsticks are really good for (most) salads, by the way. In my experience.
I think I'm going to confine myself to eating with chopsticks (and a spoon) for the next couple of weeks (Turkey Day will be fun!) just to see how far I can take this. I'll have to remember to pack a pair when I go to my daughter's tomorrow, for the next week or so.
Once you learn how how to use them, chopsticks are more efficient for certain types of food
Chopsticks are part of the fun eating Chinese food.
Because it’s efficient.
It depends on what it is but silverware is usually a lot more efficient for me.
Chop sticks are far less efficient than silverware (flatware), which is why we use silverware. Do you use chop sticks for non Asian foods that are bite size?
I find it very slow to eat Pad Thai or Pho with a fork haha, I gobble those down with chopsticks though.
Chopsticks whenever possible. Some restaurants don’t make them available around here.
Forgot to say I went with a friend from China and another from Malaysia haha
My college friend would not permit any other way 8)
Depends on whether I'm actually in China.
I can't use chopsticks correctly for my life.
It does take practice, zachhh, and it really helps to have someone *show* you the best way to hold them.
I don't use them often enough to even remember how to hold them. I usually struggle for about 2 minutes and then resort to a fork or spoon 😂
I spent a good number of years (19) working in research laboratories with Asians (mostly Chinese, some Filipino, some Japanese) as colleagues and daily lunch companions, both at work and in restaurants. But that was actually after my years of eating primarily with chopsticks at home.
Good luck Susan! Yes, by efficiency, I mean speed and volume. Food doesn’t fall off my fork.
I’v found that cooking with chopsticks is a lot more efficient than cooking with a spatula haha
Asian food is cut when prepared, so there's little need for a fork and knife when everything is bite-sized.
Then why does most of the planet use flatware?
Usually a fork. At panda.
Yeah they’re pretty handy Susan, especially when flipping meats.
Don’t worry Zach, the only reason I learned how to use them was because I went on a 10-day trip to Portland and Seattle and all we had was Aidan food 😂 it does take some practice and muscle memory
Always with chopsticks. Feels weird now to eat with a fork.
I️ always start with chopsticks then I️ get frustrated because I’m not getting enough and I️ switch to a fork because #Merica
If I accept your comment as true, then I’ll rephrase. Why do most people of western civilization use flatware?
I prefer the most efficient method to deliver food to my mouth. Chop sticks don’t cut it.