Wednesday, April 11, 2012

History of Chopsticks

A tool or a weapon?

Chopsticks are short tapered sticks of equal length that are used in pairs. They are used as eating utensils of China, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Even though chopsticks are used in many Asian countries, it is believed that they were originated in ancient China. The earliest known pair of chopsticks were actually made of bronze! It is said that the first chopsticks were most likely used for cooking, stirring the fire, and serving bits of food; they weren't used as eating utensils. Chopsticks weren't used as eating utensils until the Han and the Ming Dynasty came. So are chopsticks a tool or a weapon. I think it's a tool.

But this is a WEAPON. Especially if it's shoved up your butt.


1 comment:

  1. Throughout history, chopsticks have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with another staple of Asian cuisine: rice. Naturally, eating with chopsticks lends itself to some types of food more than others. At first glance, you’d think that rice wouldn't make the cut, but in Asia most rice is of the short- or medium-grain variety. The starches in these rices create a cooked product that is gummy and clumpy, unlike the fluffy and distinct grains of Western long-grain rice. As personalized chopsticks come together to lift steaming bundles of sticky rice, it’s a match made in heaven.