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Why do chinese/japanese/koreans/asians use chopsticks to eat their food?

Question by Alex: Why do chinese/japanese/koreans/asians use chopsticks to eat their food?
Why don’t they use forks and spoons and knives? Are they against metal utensils? Also why do they put tofu in their food? I don’t think tofu tastes very good.

Best answer:

Answer by MikeL
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cultural customs
respect for the food
pick each piece rather than shovel
pick rather than pierce
Tofu…??
well there is no excuse to explain your dead taste buds
you are to share the texture with the sauce

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2 thoughts on “Why do chinese/japanese/koreans/asians use chopsticks to eat their food?”

  1. Here’s the lore about chopsticks…

    “Some people think that the great scholar Confucius, who lived from roughly 551 to 479 B.C., influenced the development of chopsticks. A vegetarian, Confucius believed knives would remind people of slaughterhouses and were too violent for use at the table.”

    Also, back in those days, metal working was not readily available to make fork and spoons for the masses, hence expensive.

    Chopsticks was a refined way of eating while the rest of the world used their hands.

    Now in our modern times, it’s still a cultural trait to use chopsticks… ingrained with over 2,500 years of practice.

    In regards to tofu, which is based upon soybeans, it provides a good source of protein and carbs. Soybeans are easier and less expensive to grow versus running herds of cows.

    Edit… lol… BlueSea
    Looks like someone is impatient for my answer.
    I post and repost as a way of saving my work.
    So hold your horses, I wasn’t finished when you looked at my answer.

  2. The Chinese have been using chopsticks for five thousand years. People probably cooked their food in large pots, using twigs to remove it. Overtime, as population grew, people began chopping food into small pieces so it would cook more quickly. Small morsels of food could be eaten without knifes and so the twigs gradually turned into chopsticks.

    Some people think that the great scholar Confucius, who lived from roughly 551 to 479 B.C., influenced the development of chopsticks. A vegetarian, Confucius believed knives would remind people of slaughterhouses and were too violent for use at the table.

    Unlike Lots of Laughs above, I’ll reveal my source, no deep throat here.

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