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Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby xx-GaCkT-xx » Sun 09.30.2007 4:08 pm

I've always wondered how the Japanese eat rice with chopsticks...I know it's sticky rice but I've tried eating rice with chopsticks and it takes ages (probably just me being really stupid!) so how do you do it?
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby Mike Cash » Sun 09.30.2007 4:27 pm

How do I do it? Skillfully.

You're not trying to eat it one grain at a time or with the dish containing the rice still sitting on the table, are you?
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby sei » Sun 09.30.2007 4:29 pm

I have eaten rice with chopsticks and I haven't had any problems. The rice I eat isn't even very sticky, so with sticky rice it would be even easier. You just put the chopsticks in the rice and pull out a bit of rice. I don't really know how to answer your question... But keep the chopsticks ends (the end which you pick food with) slightly parted, that usually holds the rice better for me.
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby xx-GaCkT-xx » Sun 09.30.2007 4:39 pm

To Mike - No I'm not trying to eat it a grain at a time (my friend tried it that way xD) and what about if the rice is on a big plate? ( I know I'm supposed to pick it up right?)

To Sei - I'll try that, I guess its just practise then...hmmm this'll be fun. =P

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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 09.30.2007 4:47 pm

If the rice is on a plate then even Japanese people do not normally use chopsticks to eat it. The only time rice is on a plate is in Western dishes, and a few native dishes like curry rice (which is eaten with a spoon).
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby xx-GaCkT-xx » Sun 09.30.2007 4:52 pm

To Yudan - That'd be why then :| Thanks =]
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby sei » Sun 09.30.2007 4:56 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
If the rice is on a plate then even Japanese people do not normally use chopsticks to eat it.


I did that before. >.< Nice experience. Took awhile, but I ate it all!
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby xx-GaCkT-xx » Sun 09.30.2007 5:01 pm

My friend did the same thing, and she was adamant about finishing it so that she could (quote)"be more culturally diverse". I couldn't stop laughing about it for ages (it was the way she said it)
Anyway, so now I know to use a spoon. :D
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 09.30.2007 5:19 pm

That being said, it's certainly not impossible to eat rice with chopsticks off a plate. If you're having trouble, the two likely explanations are either the rice not being sticky enough, or you just don't have the practice necessary to do it.
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby Hatori » Sun 09.30.2007 8:56 pm

Eat rice in clusters. [small]Clusters...[/small]
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby Infidel » Sun 09.30.2007 11:21 pm

Ever watched Japanese eat? They have a bowl of rice in their left hand which they often hold right below their mouth as they eat.
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby Dehitay » Mon 10.01.2007 1:28 am

When eating something like rice with chopsticks, I basically pick up the plate or bowl and hold it near my mouth while I shovel the rice in. I'm not sure how acceptable that is, but it's incredibly effective.
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby Oracle » Mon 10.01.2007 2:02 am

Dehitay wrote:
When eating something like rice with chopsticks, I basically pick up the plate or bowl and hold it near my mouth while I shovel the rice in. I'm not sure how acceptable that is, but it's incredibly effective.


It's fine to do that. In fact, it is considered bad table manners to leave the bowl on the table, stick your head over it then use the chopsticks to feed yourself: that's called 犬食い (eating like a dog)
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby xx-GaCkT-xx » Mon 10.01.2007 2:38 am

I'll just have to practise then =] And make sure I get a bowl...not a plate lol
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RE: Rice with Chopsticks?

Postby dmizer » Mon 10.01.2007 10:22 pm

The sticky rice is SO sticky that you can just pick up wads of the stuff. It really doesn't take too much practice. But it is more difficult on a plate. On a plate, I tend to use my hashi to pack the stuff together in a wad before I pick it up. When it's in a bowl, I just whack off a hunk and shove it in my mouth.
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