What's the deal with chopsticks?
- rickie Jun 24, 2005 02:13 PM
A question I've pondered for many years. Why do people insist on using chopsticks to eat Asian food, even in a setting like a corporate cafeteria? These are not people who grew up using them. Isn't it easier to use a knife, fork and spoon?
My theory is that this is an affectation to make one seem more sophisticated and "authentic" than the masses. Thoughts?
This reminds me of one part of Jerry Seinfeld's "I'm Telling You for the Last Time" standup routine:
Jerry Seinfeld on chopsticks:
"I'll tell you what I like about Chinese people. They're hanging in there with the chopsticks. You know they've seen the fork. They're staying with the sticks. I don't know how they missed it. Going out all day on the farm with a shovel. Come on. Shovel. Spoon. You're not plowing 50 acres with a couple of pool cues."
I was on the amtrak yesterday and bought a cup of noodles - and of course, they served it with a plastic fork. It was just plain weird. I stared at it, almost at a loss for what to do next... I don't know if I've ever before, in my whole life - extending over a half a century - eaten noodle soup with a fork. I actually mulled over using my Waterman ball point and Mont Blanc fountain pens and sticking the ends into the hot, salty, greasy mess... I did think better of that... But I do think that had I had access to a couple of cheap Bics, they would have been my choice for eating utensils at that moment. Chacon a son gout.