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Old 06-25-2019, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Originally Posted by steiconi View Post
I can use chopsticks but prefer a fork, and ask for one in Asian restaurants if it isn't on the table.

It cracks me up when some hipster asks for chopsticks at a Thai restaurant.


I usually make the effort to use chopsticks in Chinese Restaurants, mainly due to politeness.

They are fairly easy to use.

Instructions on how to use Chinese chopsticks correctly!

However if I am eating Chinese food at home, I will just use a fork and spoon.

In terms of using a knife and fork, I use the European method, which is seen as the correct method in Britain.

In terms of the US method "legend has it that this style actually blew the cover of American spies operating in Germany in the second World War".

Why don't Americans know how to use a knife and fork? - The Irish Times

Dining Etiquette | Debrett's

Eating utensil etiquette - Wikipedia

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Old 06-25-2019, 06:51 AM
 
Location: On the road
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Another example where chopsticks work better it bite sized stuff you want to be able to pick up, dip, but not necessarily pierce like you'd have to with a fork. Sushi, dumplings, other types dim sum, etc.
 
Old 06-25-2019, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I made another attempt at chopsticks last month because we were in a real Sichuan-style restaurant and I thought I should. This time my dd gave me step-by-step instructions as to how to handle them, so I only missed about 50% of the food instead of 95%.

It's just awkward when you aren't used to maneuvering them.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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Does anyone else here think it's odd that Americans eat almost everything with knives, forks and spoons daily but if their menu choice changes to Asian food many will eat those items with chopsticks instead of what they customarily use? If you like using chopsticks why not use them for steak and fries or fried chicken and mashed potatoes or spaghetti and meatballs?

If eating foods derived from European cuisine do any people use the two-handed knife and fork technique instead of the American method of changing hands?
IMO, it's cultural.

I use chopsticks every day and even prefer it to forks.

I'm in Asia.
 
Old 06-25-2019, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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I made another attempt at chopsticks last month because we were in a real Sichuan-style restaurant and I thought I should. This time my dd gave me step-by-step instructions as to how to handle them, so I only missed about 50% of the food instead of 95%.

It's just awkward when you aren't used to maneuvering them.
It takes practice, but not much.

Seriously, check out YouTube.
 
Old 06-25-2019, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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Another example where chopsticks work better it bite sized stuff you want to be able to pick up, dip, but not necessarily pierce like you'd have to with a fork. Sushi, dumplings, other types dim sum, etc.
Totally agree.

It's better eating and more enjoyable eating.
 
Old 06-25-2019, 08:36 AM
 
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I don't mind chopsticks although it's mind blowing for me how to eat rice with it DD
 
Old 06-25-2019, 08:55 AM
 
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I don't mind chopsticks although it's mind blowing for me how to eat rice with it DD
Asians use a spoon for rice the vast majority of the time.
 
Old 06-25-2019, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Outside US
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I agree. Chopsticks are inefficient and don't make sense, just like American Currency is inefficient compared to international customs (ours is all green, the same size, relatively low use of coins.)

Regarding fork-and-knife etiquette, I was taught that "The American system doesn't make sense but we're in America and I won't have people thinking you were raised in a barn." Knife cuts with right hand, fork moves to right hand to eat.
You're mixing Asian with British.

Just eat the way you do.

There is no etiquette. Unless your eating with
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I'll use chop sticks with Chinese or sushi. It's even more fun if the 6 year old is with me. I always have to help her.
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