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#1 H3X

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 HRH Countrymel

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.
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#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


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#11 Dowager fancie

Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:32 AM


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 HRH Countrymel

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.

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