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Aug 9, 2013 06:39 PM

Korean chopsticks

Where can I buy Korean chopsticks? I know I could look online, but am hoping to find some locally. Extra points if it is Oakland, not San Francisco! Thanks

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  1. The Korean housewares place next to Koreana Plaza.

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    1. Is it off topic to ask how Korean chopsticks differ from "other" or "regular" ones?

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              ok sooo the japanese ones have the flat ends right? why do I sometimes see people using the pointy end and sometimes the flat? Is it proper to use either?

              1. re: girloftheworld

                No, the Japanese chopsticks are the pointy ones. Chinese chopsticks are typically longest and have the bluntest ends, and Koreans chopsticks are in between.

                My wife says Japanese chopsticks are not chopstick, but knitting needles.

                1. re: soupçon

                  so what are the ones that have the the flat ends like little shovels? are those a weird western invention?

                  1. re: girloftheworld

                    Flat ends like shovels? The only thing I can imagine are the ends of cheap disposable ones after you break them apart. Is that what you're picturing? If so, that's just an effect of the way they're manufactured so they can break apart.

                2. re: girloftheworld

                  At least in Korean (and, I believe, Japanese) dining cultures, you can use both ends of the chopsticks, but for different purposes. You use the bottom ends to move food from the plate into your mouth; you use the top, "virgin", ends to move food from a serving dish onto someone else's plate for a taste.

                  1. re: nocharge

                    Add Chinese and Vietnamese your list for the "virgin" end too.

            2. Your best bet would be the south bay. Santa Clara is where I pick up ours. You can get a complete set spoon and chopsticks of stainless steel.

              Set are about 4 dollars and six set of chopsticks are about 5 dollars

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              1. re: yimster

                If they don't have them at Koreana Plaza in Oakland...they probably don't exist!

                Make sure to go to the separate cookware store that is right next door to the main food store.

                1. re: Mission

                  I live in the South Bay so I have not shop in the east bay as much but thanks for the tip next time I am in the east bay.

              2. Thanks! Off to Koreana today!!