Jump to content

Can you use chopsticks?


  • Please log in to reply
101 replies to this topic

#1 Fienna

Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:36 AM

I can't.

I've tried - oh how I've tried! But it usually results in me getting very hungry and very frustrated, while everyone around me eats up all their food with seeming ease.

So now I ask for a fork when I go to asian restaurants, but I feel very embarassed and also a bit rude to do so. But at least I get to enjoy eating my meal!

If you can't use chopsticks do you feel the same way?

#2 danielle1985

Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:44 AM

It's something I have always I have always struggled with! Funnily enough when we went to Japan I could (even rice!) but now I have come home I can't!!! I have tried repeatedly but in vain. It must have been because I had to! I am in the asking for a fork camp and yes sometimes it feels embarrassing!

#3 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:51 AM

I used to be fairly unco but then about 10 years ago I spent 3 months in a chopstick only land... I am really rather adept now!

We use chopsticks several times a week at home.

#4 Snafu

Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:53 AM

I can use them.

It annoys DP no end everytime we have Chinese I HAVE to eat with them (he refuses to, I find it fun), so DS1 & 2 try to aswell..... with disasterous effects! I have brought them a pair of chopsticks that are joined at one end, It makes it a little easier to hold them & get food in their mouths not everywhere else.

Maybe you could take your own pair of joined together chopsticks when you go out?

#5 tick

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:00 AM

Years ago I couldn't ..... but DH taught me (before we were married).  I love Japanese food, so I just had to learn!  Asking for  fork in a Japanese restaurant was just too embarrassing for me.

The joined pairs are good for learning but I reckon persistance is the key.  Get some at home to practice with maybe?

#6 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:08 AM

I can. It's fun!

You just need to keep at it.


#7 ubermum

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:12 AM

Yes, I can. The kids are also learning. If you have trouble, this is what I bought the kids and they are almost ready to be moved to the next stage. It's great for developing hand writing skills (and impressing the noodle shop owners when we eat out!) They also have products for adults.
Clickety Click

#8 71Cath

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:15 AM

No I can't.  Not for want of trying either, but I am not very coordinated at the best of times  blush.gif

I always ask for a fork, but it makes me feel really unsophisticated (dare I say bogan...)

#9 paddyboo

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:18 AM

my parents can, but I am average at it, DH flat out can't. I always try though because I also like the fun of it

#10 Guest_BessMarvin_*

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:25 AM

..

Edited by BessMarvin, 12 April 2012 - 03:22 PM.


#11 fancie

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:32 AM

Yep!

When I was 7 yo, my older sister married a Chinese-Malaysian man (BIL) and BIL taught us all how to use chopsticks then.  He is a fantastic cook.

#12 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:32 AM

I can.  Don't know how or why I learnt, though!

We use chopsticks whenever we have stirfry or any noodle dish at home.  We don't have these as much any more, but DD1 was a dab hand with chopsticks by the age of 4.  The others wouldn't know one end of a chopstick from the other.  (DD1 used to impress our friend whose parents were Chinese and ran a Chinese restaurant, because her own children couldn't use chopsticks!!!)

#13 wiggles

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:34 AM

I can't use them, I have tried many times but to no avail. DH can very easily. DS has a little circle thing that slips onto the chopsticks and makes using them a breeze. But we only have one of those.




#14 TK421

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:34 AM

Yeah, cos I'm all kulched and stuff.

#15 casime

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:40 AM

Yes, and actually prefer to do so with some types of food.  We ate a lot of Asian food when I was a child (both at home and out) and my parents wouldn't let me have a fork when I reached a certain age.  I learnt pretty quickly how to use them!   If I'm cooking anything asian themed at home I always reach for the chopsticks.

#16 kpingitquiet

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:43 AM

Yep, I can. I have an adopted set of grandparents from China and they were pretty keen for me to learn. 'Course, there's also this...in the dinky little town where we lived when I was small there were exactly three sit-down food options. Pizza Hut, Scotto's Italian, and Mr. Dan's Oriental Restaurant. My (bio) grandparents became very good friends with the Dan family and we wound up going there for nearly every celebratory dinner. My grandfather was a pro with chopsticks, so much so that a fellow grandpa, Chinese, asked mine if his 5yo grandson could sit with us and watch him use chopsticks. My grandfather said yes, of course, and the little boy watched. After awhile, the Chinese grandpa said, "See?? If this old white man can do it, so can you!" biggrin.gif

My husband does pretty well with them now, though he didn't really know how to use them when we met. We have a nice set at home that I put out whenever we have Asian food, so he gets a fair bit of practice. We'll get kiddo the training chopsticks in a year or two.

#17 Chelara

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:44 AM

Yes, not great at it though. Would only use them for yum cha or sushi. I lived in singapore or for 2 years and unless you were having yum cha o a big shared banquet no one used chopsticks, it was fork and spoon for everything, or fingers lol.

#18 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:45 AM

I can, but not well.

Noodles and vegetables I'm fine, rice and things in soup I struggle.

#19 Frau Farbissina

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:48 AM

I can use chopsticks, but I can't clean up the last little bits of rice/food very well.

#20 Bel Rowley

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:49 AM

Not very well, but I try.

#21 WibbleWobble

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:51 AM

Yes. Not sure when I learn though, guess it must have been in my teens at our local Chinese restaurant.

DD (3) and DS(2) try and use them when we eat out as well. They are good a spearing things with the chopsticks which is a start.

#22 Lifesgood

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:54 AM

Yes, I learned as a child.

It's a great way to stay slim. How many overweight Asian people do you know?

#23 JaneLane

Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:05 AM

Yes I can.  

Took a lot of practice but I can use them now and I prefer to.  DH thinks I am weird and why bother but I like using them and always get a pair out to use when we get any asian take away.

#24 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:06 AM

QUOTE (LifesGood @ 23/02/2012, 08:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's a great way to stay slim.


A friend of mine who was a model (retired by the time I met her and who refreshingly called BS on the ludicrous claim you hear so often "Oh I eat whatever I want..." ) said that that was one of her tricks... Eat EVERYTHING with chopsticks! She said it made the tiny amount she could eat last longer!

Alas my gluttony has overwhelmed that - I can shovel the food in at quite a rate of knots!
I can eat faster and greater volume with chopsticks than the person sitting opposite me can with their fork!

#25 virtuallotus

Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:06 AM

Not with any great skill.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 
 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.