Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Chopsticks- Challenged ?

Dear Mouse,

Today is the Chinese New Year.

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Despite the 1001 times that I have dined in Chinese restaurants, I cannot brag that I have mastered the use of chopsticks. Yes, this Ca t is chopsticks-challenged.

So I tried to get some tips on how to use the chopsticks. (Note: I am left handed, so the following illustrations are for me and the leftists errmm the lefties).

  • Use the the index finger, the middle finger, and the thumb to hold the upper chopstick.
  • The lower chopstick should be placed between the bottom of the thumb and the tip of the ring finger. (don't mind if you don't have a ring. hehehe)
  • If you cannot get it yet, don't panic while you are waiting for the spoons and sporks that you requested. Take a deep breath, hold the chopsticks with five fingers (holding the chopsticks with five fingers is a bad table manner for Japanese, isn't it Sachiko ?) and make tusok of the meat,fish or make sabit the veggie sa chopsticks.

    Next time, bring your own special chopsticks like this.

    Me? I have other uses for chopsticks.

    Talking of chopticks, I must have misplaced mine. Can't find them.

    The Ca t


    At 11:46 AM, Blogger ting-aling said...

    Niyahaha..ang galing ng ipit mo.

    At 2:23 PM, Blogger Luchie said...

    Happy cny to you cathy!

    At 4:25 PM, Blogger Pepe said...

    Somebody told me that the "proper way" is to position both chopsticks on the middle finger with the ring finger supporting the middle. It is more stable and can support heavier stuff. It works for me. But just the same, most chopstick users will tell you: "kung saan ka comfortable, roon ka"....=)

    At 7:41 PM, Blogger Jobert said...

    Ay naku. Buti nga chopsticks yan.

    Mga anak ko nga hindi marunong magkamay pag kumain. Nakakarinig pa ako ng "Eeeewww... that's dirty" sa kanila. Ni hindi ko pa sila mapilit.

    Ako pa naman, mas madalas magkamay kesyo sa kubyertos.

    Ipa DNA ko kaya itong dalawang batang ito?

    At 3:31 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

    once upon a time, my lola ay mayroon dugong siopao. so all of us, tinuruang gumamit ng chopsticks. the challenge is to pick up the mani in a small plate. pag nakuha mo ng chopst, then graduate ka na. ngayon, hindi lang mani ang hinuhugot ko ng chops.!!happy tikoy din sa yo! hmmmmmmmm!!!!

    At 5:52 AM, Blogger sachiko said...

    (holding the chopsticks with five
    fingers is a bad table manner for Japanese, isn't it,Sachiko?)
    hahaha! Lesson#1:
    Chopsticks should never be grasped in the fist that way because that is how they would be held for use as a "weapon".

    Lesson#2 (my MIL taught me this)
    Do not stick your chopsticks straight up in your bowl of rice,as this is how a meal is offered on a Buddhist altar to the "spirits of the dead".

    When my aunt attended my wedding here, people were so shocked to see her put her chopsticks nakatusok in her rice, my in laws actually gasped,unbelieving their eyes.. lol!

    At 6:09 AM, Blogger cathcath said...


    hindi mo napansin yong aking mata. marker ang ginamit ko
    para kita ang pagkasingkit. mwehehehe


    sige nga ipa DNA mo.

    i thougt chopscticks are for chopping. hehehe


    there was a time i did tusok the rice too.
    tagal noong spoon eh. ngeeee

    At 6:10 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

    happy tikoy to you.


    hehehe, berdi.

    At 11:37 PM, Blogger bayibhyap said...

    Many people, including some Chinese, have used chopsticks all their lives but have never mastered their actual use. I was told that you could test your mastery by trying to pick up a small peanut with a pair of chopsticks and bringing the nut to your mouth without dropping it. In mastering the use of this amazing pair of little sticks, you don't cross them like a pair of scissors. The mastery lies in the correct pivotal use of the fingers and the delicate strength for holding each item between the sticks. Enjoy your meal. :)


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