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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Beginners chop sticks

We went to a Chinese buffet last week & I decided to try using chop sticks. Learn something new kind of thing.
It went ok, I was not in a hurry and a lot of that was finger food anyway.

Yesterday we stopped at a "Pho" shop, a Vietnamese place. I'd never even heard of "Pho" before. They had chop sticks (two kinds, the disposable wooden & plastic),  spoons, napkins & sauces at the table. No forks.
I had a wok dish rather than the soup bowl and was happy to continue my chop stick education!
I thought I was doing alright with the sticky rice, the chunks of chicken & vegies in a really good and spicy sauce. Like before I was not in a hurry and I was feeding myself.

After about 15 minutes the lady who took our order comes over to me with a pair of beginners chop sticks. They were regular chop sticks that had training wheels attached.
I'd guess that for her watching me was just too painful :-)

'Fixed' chop sticks

After she went out of her way to 'help' me I didn't have the heart to turn her offer down. They were easier to use than the regular ones...

And the regular ones

That was a first for me!


  1. Hi Rob, just saw you on my blog comments and hadn't seen you in forever so I thought I'd come over to see what you are up to. I've never been able to use chop sticks but I'm sure it's because I don't practice. Not enough eating out in my life. Interesting that the waitress thought she'd help you out. I guess she did if it worked better. If I find myself in an oriental restaurant again I'll ask if they have any "beginner" chopsticks. Did you take them home to practice? :-)

    1. I figured she came over with the training wheels model because it was too hard to watch :-)
      I think chopsticks are just another tool I need to learn to use, like everything else, more practice.

      I keep up with your travels just didn't really have anything to say until today. I like watching the sun rise & set, your sunset pictures got me thinking...
      Thanks for the visit!

  2. I'm not proud when I am hungry. I ask for a knife, fork, and a spoon. Then I can eat everything on my plate.

  3. Lol, I had never heard of beginners chopsticks but glad to know they are available if needed.

    In my lifetime I have not gone to many oriental restaurants and I do not think I ever tried to eat with the chopsticks. Good for you for trying to learn something new.