Monday, October 11, 2010

Chopsticks and Spoon

筷子和羹匙

一位出差到吉隆坡的台湾工程师最近问我:马来西亚华人究竟有无用筷子。

我回答说:吃饭一般用羹匙,但吃面还是用筷子。

我个人是比较喜欢用筷子吃饭。当然,如果我在外面用餐,餐馆没提供筷子,我还是会用羹匙。

岂有此理,居然还有人骂我是香蕉人!


A Taiwanese engineer who was in Kuala Lumpur recently asked me, “Do Chinese Malaysians use chopsticks?”

I replied, “Majority use spoon and fork for eating rice, but we still use chopsticks for noodle.”

I am among the minority who prefer chopsticks to spoon, even when eating rice. Nonetheless, when I eat out, if the restaurant does not provide chopsticks, I would still resort to spoon.

Heck, people still condemn me as a banana man!

24 comments:

  1. Chopsticks instead of spoon? I always thought chopsticks replace the fork. Oh well..

    There's no denying that for noodles, chopsticks do a much better job than a fork. If they supply chopsticks for pasta, I would gladly use them.

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  2. I am comfortable with either chopsticks or fork and spoon, depending on what the waiter serves me. :)

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  3. Yeah! I agreed if eating noodles I MUST use chopstick. ;p

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  4. ya, i also use chopsticks for noodles.

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  5. 虽是民族传统,但筷子的确用在吃面较为有效。

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  6. happysurfer
    If you think chopsticks replaces fork, that's because you seldom use chopsticks for rice.

    witch
    Same as me...

    tekkaus, wenn, Grass
    Then do you use chopsticks when eating rice?

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  7. that's the norm to have rice on plate and using spoon and fork here lah..

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  8. unless using bowls, then for sure need to use a pair of chopsticks already..

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  9. but i do sometimes like to use chopsticks and those "boat" spoon for rice even though serve on a plate..

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  10. anyway, i think i'm still not using chopsticks in the way it should be.. :p

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  11. True that I hardly use chopsticks for rice but when I do, it's always chopsticks with spoon. Come to think of it, I haven't eaten the bowl of rice the traditional way, for a long time now. Also, I've not seen anyone doing that in public these days. Do you?

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  13. If you are a banana, what am I? We have more chopsticks than knives and forks at home! :-D

    I like the taste of wood better than the taste of metal some forks have.

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  14. zhu, you're an egg yolk! LOL!

    hmm... i'm more used to using fork and spoon. :P

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  15. Ma Lai Zai , that's what the PRC people call us.

    If I feel in the mood, I use chop sticks, but that mood is far and between. When I have PRC guest, I use chopsticks with them.

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  16. Eat rice whichever way but with chopsticks would need a spoon not use to 'par' the rice when I'm using left hand need a spoon to assist. Basically I was train from small using right hand but since 90's switch to left hand. Saw the movie last week "Soong Sisters" and what a scene the three sisters & bro-in-law eating steak with knife & fork but Chiang Khai Shek with chopsticks eating his rice..cool.

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  17. SK
    Use chopsticks more often :)

    happysurfer
    Many Westerners eat rice with chopsticks, in public.

    zhu
    Oh, I also prefer wood and bamboo to metal.

    kyh
    Then you're more banana than me.

    Ann
    Chinese call us Ma Lai Zai? That's derogatory.

    Bananaz
    Funny you switch from right hand to left hand...

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  18. I like to use chopsticks for noodles, spoon for rice and fork for pastas!

    But have you tried using fork for rice? I hate it!

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  19. 咁我肯定唔系传统嘅唐人,因为我用羹匙多过用筷子。

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  21. foongpc
    Fork no problem for sticky rice.

    christine
    預咗啦。

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  22. I make it a point to train my children to use chopsticks when eating at home. Once they have mastered the skill, they can use anything they like. It's our culture. Moreover, knowing how to use the chopsticks is very useful. You'd be surprised at how many things we can do by just using 2 sticks!

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  23. I will use chopsticks at every opportunity I get. Just because I'm Chinese and proud of it. ^_^

    But heck, my chopsticks still cross each other when I hold them.

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  24. Autumn Belle
    Yeah, should train your children to use chopsticks.

    Shingo
    I use chopsticks because I think it's graceful.

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