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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby tōkai devotee » Sun 12.21.2008 4:20 am

becki_kanou wrote:
Mike Cash wrote:Have any of you ever had the fun of watching the reactions of Japanese when you bite into an apple?

Ain't it the truth? They freak out when you eat the whole grape as well without spitting out the skin.


And then the Japanese laugh at gaijins who try and eat the entire ednomame, pod and all, like a sno-pea. First time I did this I was taken aside by a very kind Japanese man, and given a lesson in how to eat them. He saved me a whole lot of embarrassment.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby becki_kanou » Sun 12.21.2008 4:55 am

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Mike Cash wrote:Have any of you ever had the fun of watching the reactions of Japanese when you bite into an apple?

Ain't it the truth? They freak out when you eat the whole grape as well without spitting out the skin.


And then the Japanese laugh at gaijins who try and eat the entire ednomame, pod and all, like a sno-pea. First time I did this I was taken aside by a very kind Japanese man, and given a lesson in how to eat them. He saved me a whole lot of embarrassment.


Reminds me of the first time I had an artichoke. Our highschool French class took a field trip to the CIA (the Culinary Institute of America, not the other one). I'd never had one before and I tried to eat the whole thing, not knowing that you only eat a teeny little bit. Very embarrasing.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby AJBryant » Sun 12.21.2008 6:23 am

You should try visiting the other one. It's a lot more interesting. :)
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby ニッキー » Sun 12.21.2008 9:32 am

What's so weird about eating pizza with a knife and fork? I do it quite often... :?
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Infidel » Sun 12.21.2008 9:34 am

ニッキー wrote:What's so weird about eating pizza with a knife and fork? I do it quite often... :?


It's finger food.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby ニッキー » Sun 12.21.2008 10:22 am

Infidel wrote:
ニッキー wrote:What's so weird about eating pizza with a knife and fork? I do it quite often... :?


It's finger food.


Is eating chips (the hot potato things) with a fork weird too?

Maybe it's just wherever you're all from, I've seen plenty of people eating pizza with a knife and fork in the UK and in Germany.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Dehitay » Sun 12.21.2008 10:40 am

Out of curiosity, does anybody know how Italians eat pizza? Technically, that should be the correct way.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Mike Cash » Sun 12.21.2008 12:10 pm

Dehitay wrote:Out of curiosity, does anybody know how Italians eat pizza? Technically, that should be the correct way.


Never thought about it.

I personally reject the notion of there being a "correct" way of eating any particular food. To me the correct way is whatever the person paying for it thinks it is. But that is probably born of annoyance with foreigners with something to prove attempting to turn my meal into a culture lesson.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Gundaetiapo » Sun 12.21.2008 1:15 pm

becki_kanou wrote:
Mike Cash wrote:Have any of you ever had the fun of watching the reactions of Japanese when you bite into an apple?

Ain't it the truth? They freak out when you eat the whole grape as well without spitting out the skin.


They skin their grapes? Is it the same for apples?
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Dehitay » Sun 12.21.2008 2:01 pm

Gundaetiapo wrote:
becki_kanou wrote:
Mike Cash wrote:Have any of you ever had the fun of watching the reactions of Japanese when you bite into an apple?

Ain't it the truth? They freak out when you eat the whole grape as well without spitting out the skin.


They skin their grapes? Is it the same for apples?

From what I'm told, the skin on the grapes in Japan is significantly thicker than the grapes in the US. Since it's rough to chew, it's become a habit not to eat the skins. Actually, I think it's a habit in Japan not to eat the skins of any fruit; or at least I don't know of a fruit where the skin isn't avoided.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Infidel » Sun 12.21.2008 5:50 pm

ニッキー wrote:
Infidel wrote:
ニッキー wrote:What's so weird about eating pizza with a knife and fork? I do it quite often... :?


It's finger food.


Is eating chips (the hot potato things) with a fork weird too?


If they aren't covered in chili, onions, and cheese.

Out of curiosity, does anybody know how Italians eat pizza? Technically, that should be the correct way.


Since Pizza predates the fork and spoon, the "correct way" could be argued to be, if anything, the original way.

--mmmm, muching on a Chanello's Alexander the Greek pizza right now. All this pizza talk made me hungry.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Victory Manual » Mon 12.22.2008 12:15 am

There may not be a right way to eat food, but there are plenty of wrong ways.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby tōkai devotee » Mon 12.22.2008 12:45 am

ニッキー wrote:
Is eating chips (the hot potato things) with a fork weird too?

Maybe it's just wherever you're all from, I've seen plenty of people eating pizza with a knife and fork in the UK and in Germany.


As for hot chips, it's normal in this country at least, to eat them with a fork if they are covered in gravy, as in the sort you buy from a fish and chip shop.

As for pizza, when deep pan pizzas became available, it was considered customary to eat them with a knife and fork. In fact, we were always provided with cutlery if we dined in at a Pizza Hut. But these days, most people eat them with their fingers. (Their own fingers :lol:
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby furrykef » Mon 12.22.2008 1:23 am

Victory Manual wrote:There may not be a right way to eat food, but there are plenty of wrong ways.


Unless it's a Reese's.
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Re: Give up using chopsticks?

Postby Victory Manual » Mon 12.22.2008 2:44 am

furrykef wrote:
Victory Manual wrote:There may not be a right way to eat food, but there are plenty of wrong ways.


Unless it's a Reese's.


They were pretty clear about that in the commercials, weren't they.

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