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    Why only Koreans eat with metal chopsticks?

    Korea is the only country in the world to use metal chopsticks. Other Asian countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia, use chopsticks made of wood, or bamboo. The oldest chopsticks known were of brass, taken from ruins near Anyang, Henan, China and dated about 1200 B.C. Metal or metal-decorated chopsticks are still used in many Asian cuisines, as a luxury item. The flat shape would argue for the influence of the manufacturing process as much as for diners' technique or convenience. A metalsmith would hammer out the shape or pour metal into a horizontal mold, neither technique conducive to turning out smooth round shafts.



    But why did Korea develop the tradition of using metal chopsticks? One major theory is that royalty during the Baekje period began using silver chopsticks as a way of protecting themselves from being poisoned by their enemies, as the silver would change color when in contact with a poisonous chemical. It is said that the common people then began to use steel chopsticks themselves, as a way of emulating the King.

    Other theories state that, because Koreans used a spoon to eat their rice (unlike other Asian countries) it was not necessary to use stickier, wooden chopsticks. It is generally believed in Korea that metal chopsticks are more hygienic than wooden ones, too.

    Find Out Why South Korea is the Only Country to Utilize Metal Chopsticks | Koogle TV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann View Post
    Korea is the only country in the world to use metal chopsticks. Other Asian countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia, use chopsticks made of wood, or bamboo. The oldest chopsticks known were of brass, taken from ruins near Anyang, Henan, China and dated about 1200 B.C. Metal or metal-decorated chopsticks are still used in many Asian cuisines, as a luxury item. The flat shape would argue for the influence of the manufacturing process as much as for diners' technique or convenience. A metalsmith would hammer out the shape or pour metal into a horizontal mold, neither technique conducive to turning out smooth round shafts.



    But why did Korea develop the tradition of using metal chopsticks? One major theory is that royalty during the Baekje period began using silver chopsticks as a way of protecting themselves from being poisoned by their enemies, as the silver would change color when in contact with a poisonous chemical. It is said that the common people then began to use steel chopsticks themselves, as a way of emulating the King.

    Other theories state that, because Koreans used a spoon to eat their rice (unlike other Asian countries) it was not necessary to use stickier, wooden chopsticks. It is generally believed in Korea that metal chopsticks are more hygienic than wooden ones, too.

    Find Out Why South Korea is the Only Country to Utilize Metal Chopsticks | Koogle TV
    Why does anyone use chopsticks might be a better title for the thread. Unless you're eating noodles, they're a pain in the arse and it makes much more sense to use a fork and spoon as Thais, Malaysians and Cambodians do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah
    it makes much more sense to use a fork and spoon as Thais, Malaysians and Cambodians do.
    You'd have A job eating a steak with those utensils too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah
    it makes much more sense to use a fork and spoon as Thais, Malaysians and Cambodians do.
    You'd have A job eating a steak with those utensils too.
    As part of the preparation the steak will have been cut up in the kitchen by the cook.

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    ^That's how teppanyaki is served.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann View Post
    Korea is the only country in the world to use metal chopsticks. Other Asian countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia, use chopsticks made of wood, or bamboo. The oldest chopsticks known were of brass, taken from ruins near Anyang, Henan, China and dated about 1200 B.C. Metal or metal-decorated chopsticks are still used in many Asian cuisines, as a luxury item. The flat shape would argue for the influence of the manufacturing process as much as for diners' technique or convenience. A metalsmith would hammer out the shape or pour metal into a horizontal mold, neither technique conducive to turning out smooth round shafts.



    But why did Korea develop the tradition of using metal chopsticks? One major theory is that royalty during the Baekje period began using silver chopsticks as a way of protecting themselves from being poisoned by their enemies, as the silver would change color when in contact with a poisonous chemical. It is said that the common people then began to use steel chopsticks themselves, as a way of emulating the King.

    Other theories state that, because Koreans used a spoon to eat their rice (unlike other Asian countries) it was not necessary to use stickier, wooden chopsticks. It is generally believed in Korea that metal chopsticks are more hygienic than wooden ones, too.

    Find Out Why South Korea is the Only Country to Utilize Metal Chopsticks | Koogle TV
    Why does anyone use chopsticks might be a better title for the thread. Unless you're eating noodles, they're a pain in the arse and it makes much more sense to use a fork and spoon as Thais, Malaysians and Cambodians do.
    ...which all, too, use chop sticks frequently and in numbers.

    They're only a pain the arse for those who are too dumb to understand them.


    Oh. By the way - your beloved forks, spoon, knives are an East Asian invention.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
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    Korea is the only country in the world to use metal chopsticks. Other Asian countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia, use chopsticks made of wood, or bamboo. The oldest chopsticks known were of brass, taken from ruins near Anyang, Henan, China and dated about 1200 B.C. Metal or metal-decorated chopsticks are still used in many Asian cuisines, as a luxury item. The flat shape would argue for the influence of the manufacturing process as much as for diners' technique or convenience. A metalsmith would hammer out the shape or pour metal into a horizontal mold, neither technique conducive to turning out smooth round shafts.



    But why did Korea develop the tradition of using metal chopsticks? One major theory is that royalty during the Baekje period began using silver chopsticks as a way of protecting themselves from being poisoned by their enemies, as the silver would change color when in contact with a poisonous chemical. It is said that the common people then began to use steel chopsticks themselves, as a way of emulating the King.

    Other theories state that, because Koreans used a spoon to eat their rice (unlike other Asian countries) it was not necessary to use stickier, wooden chopsticks. It is generally believed in Korea that metal chopsticks are more hygienic than wooden ones, too.

    Find Out Why South Korea is the Only Country to Utilize Metal Chopsticks | Koogle TV
    Why does anyone use chopsticks might be a better title for the thread. Unless you're eating noodles, they're a pain in the arse and it makes much more sense to use a fork and spoon as Thais, Malaysians and Cambodians do.

    They're only a pain the arse for those who are too dumb to understand them.


    You talk to chopsticks? What a fucking plum you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    Why only Koreans eat with metal chopsticks?
    Prolly 'cause Pohang City is the home of POSCO Steel, one of the largest steel manufacturing companies in the world...

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    They do indeed all look the fuckin same

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    ^ indeed, why do you think I live here!


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    Only Asian can be stupid enoigh to use chopstick for rice, except japamese rice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Lemme guess, their name is Kim?

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    I'm pretty sure my chopsticks are made from bone. The cheap wooden ones are great as disposables...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Shave 'em all bald and you have the perfect gang.

    The line-up would be most confusing.

    It was him!.oh hang on a minute....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    why do you think I live here



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    It is generally believed in Korea that metal chopsticks are more hygienic than wooden ones, too.
    I agree, got my own pair of silver ones.

    King stroll knows what's good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailanddogerator View Post
    Only Asian can be stupid enoigh to use chopstick for rice, except japamese rice.
    Harsh.

    Apart from someone as nutty and culturally desperate as Thaimeme, I'd say that most people in East Asia use chopsticks because dishes are generally served communally and it's more hygienic to pick up a bite sized piece of meat/a vegetable with a chopstick than it is with a spoon caked in one's saliva (the pushing motion of the rice from bowl to mouth would see to this). Of course, the easy way around the problem would be to use a serving spoon for each dish.

    Then I guess there's the historic sense of celebration and family that goes hand in hand with the items on special occasions. A bit like westerners and turkey. Turkey actually tastes pretty average, but we still lap it up at Christmas, don't we?

    Practically though, they're about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike when chasing remaining rice around the bowl or trying to separate meat from the bone/shells from prawns etc (my wife can do this with reasonable dexterity though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Apart from someone as nutty and culturally desperate as Thaimeme, I'd say that most people in East Asia use chopsticks because dishes are generally served communally and it's more hygienic to pick up a bite sized piece of meat/a vegetable with a chopstick than it is with a spoon caked in one's saliva (the pushing motion of the rice from bowl to mouth would see to this).
    Ah, an expert on the subject arrived!

    Of course, the easy way around the problem would be to use a serving spoon for each dish.
    Isn#t that what they do?

    Then I guess there's the historic sense of celebration and family that goes hand in hand with the items on special occasions. A bit like westerners and turkey. Turkey actually tastes pretty average, but we still lap it up at Christmas, don't we?
    So chopsticks are for special celebrations?

    Practically though, they're about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike when chasing remaining rice around the bowl or trying to separate meat from the bone/shells from prawns etc
    It may appear so to the unskilled and those who don't know when to use shopsticks or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    It may appear so to the unskilled and those who don't know when to use shopsticks or not.
    Most of us use them when we're eating. Maybe you find other uses for them and, hopefully, yours will splinter when you're mid thrust.

    Enjoy, nobhead.

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    I bet you've tried to eat chicken broth with them as well, only to rant about stupid Asians and useless chopsticks later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    I bet you've tried to eat chicken broth with them as well, only to rant about stupid Asians and useless chopsticks later.
    Stupid Asians? Only stupid Germans as far as I can see.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    They're only a pain the arse for those who are too dumb to understand them.
    Straight and to the point

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    Tapered.
    But close enough

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