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"Ethnic" Food and Matching Utensils

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Unrepresented, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    People like to eat Asian food with chopsticks, no matter how ill-practiced they are at using them, or the availability of standard utensils.

    Do noodle dishes taste better when consumed with chopsticks? Why not use them on spaghetti?

    Are we feigning worldliness with clumsy food intake? If so, who are we trying to fool?

    If it's "fun," why limit ourselves to the occasional themed restaurant and use alternative utensils regularly?

  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I find it easier to eat noodles with chopsticks.

    Spaghetti type noodles are probably too heavy for chopsticks.
  3. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I haven't noticed appreciable weight or density difference when consuming either.
  4. What if it's Indian food? :D
  5. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Indian food should be eaten with your right hand, served on banana leaves. Well, South Indian food, anyway. :D

    For a while I ate all my food with chopsticks. I am a fast eater and it was a conscious attempt to slow down. But then I got good with chopsticks and was eating fast again.
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  6. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    I wonder if there are connections between the food and the way it is 'supposed' to be consumed? I've found that I pick up smaller portions when I'm eating with chopsticks. So, If I buy some Mongolian beef noodles or whatever and eat them with a fork, I can wrap huge amounts around that fork and stuff my face. Can't do that with chopsticks (or maybe I'm just not good with chopsticks).

    I'd love eat Indian the 'proper way'. The banana leaf thing is a great idea - no dishes!
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I am sick and tired of Mexican restaurants not offering spoons!

  8. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    Don't tell me what to do :mad:
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  9. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I prefer a fork. If a fork is not available I will struggle through the meal with chopsticks. I was out with some Vietnamese friends once and I noticed they picked thier rice bowls up and held them near their mouth. If I have to eat with chopsticks that helps.
  10. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    When i was a kid we always had chopsticks and i LOVED using them whenever i could. I guess i never got good with them, when i grew up i realised i was wasting time trying to eat with chopsticks. And i sucked at it. Most people i know when we go to an asian place eat with chopsticks, i'm the guy that has to ask for a fork. Sorry but in terms of evolution of utensils fork > chopsticks anytime. i mean in terms of efficiency. I think some people just like to look authentic and, if i may say, worldly... My gf is very good with chopsticks (she's really big on asian food, possibly cause she's one fourth japanese, even if she never knew her half japanese dad) but i'm pretty sure i can get the food in faster. And to me, yes, eating is a competition and i better be the one to finish first (more seriously, i eat fast but its not willingly, i just dont think about it, ive never known anyone that eats faster than i do..it's kinda shameful...i'm not even like, fat)
  11. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    After living in China and having spent a lot of time there otherwise it just feels right to me to eat Chinese food with chopsticks so I do. To me that's just how you eat it. It's not any kind of feeling of "fun" or novelty. Just feels right.

    Even more so when consuming Korean Bibimbap. There is no other appropriate way to eat it than with a long wide spoon and chopsticks. It's just the way to do it. Maybe I wouldn't feel that way had I not been introduced to it in Korea.

  12. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    I don't even attempt chopsticks. The only time you need a spoon is for soup and cereal.
  13. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    You can drink the soup from the bowl. Just cereal.
  14. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    I've been eating with chopsticks for thirty years. Asian food tastes different when eaten with a fork.

    Over here, the strangest thing I've witnessed is people eating hamburgers with a knife and fork.
  15. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    I prefer to be handfed by naked Balinese dusky maidens.
  16. They use chop sticks to select buds at a medical marijuana clinic I wish I could afford to frequent. They're really good at it. I never could get the hang of it but I never tried to hard either. Spoiled by forks.
  17. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    I thought that said handled, and then I thought you were in to vore...
  18. Yes/the masses

    Edit: Speaking only for my posing arse self :)
  19. Skeeter1


    Oct 24, 2012
    And we have a winner! Does that restaurant have franchises available?
  20. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I eat cheese doodles with chopsticks when I'm feeling classy.
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