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Korean chopsticks

karenfinan Aug 9, 2013 06:39 PM

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

  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 9, 2013 06:44 PM

    The Korean housewares place next to Koreana Plaza.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Melanie Wong Aug 9, 2013 08:23 PM

      To be clear, Koreana Plaza is in Oakland.

    2. c oliver Aug 9, 2013 06:57 PM

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

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      1. re: c oliver
        Robert Lauriston Aug 9, 2013 07:03 PM

        They're narrow and made of steel.

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          c oliver Aug 9, 2013 07:08 PM

          Ah, thank you.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            shanghaikid Aug 9, 2013 07:10 PM

            i'm sure you meant stainless steel....

            1. re: shanghaikid
              hankstramm Aug 11, 2013 10:01 PM

              No I'm sure he meant galvanized.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston
              girloftheworld Aug 9, 2013 07:24 PM

              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
                soupçon Aug 9, 2013 07:33 PM

                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
                  girloftheworld Aug 9, 2013 07:44 PM

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

                  1. re: girloftheworld
                    PegS Aug 9, 2013 07:54 PM

                    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
                  nocharge Aug 9, 2013 11:48 PM

                  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
                    yimster Aug 9, 2013 11:52 PM

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

            3. yimster Aug 9, 2013 08:15 PM

              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
                Mission Aug 9, 2013 09:12 PM

                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
                  yimster Aug 9, 2013 11:51 PM

                  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.

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                karenfinan Aug 10, 2013 10:41 AM

                Thanks! Off to Koreana today!!

                1. jason carey Aug 10, 2013 11:00 AM


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                    calumin Aug 11, 2013 09:35 PM

                    Kukje in Daly City should also have them.

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                    1. re: calumin
                      Shibi Aug 15, 2013 08:55 AM

                      I think that I saw the illusive Korean chopstick at Kukje last month.

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