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I don't believe that Chinese food should always be eaten with chopsticks but it sure makes it fun. Or at least, strapping a GoPro onto a pair of chopsticks makes it look fun, especially when you delve into some of the funkier looking dishes. Anne-Sophie Bazard filmed her and her friends touring Beijing and eating with the GoPro chopsticks and came away with this footage.
If you're in the business of designing and selling novelty chopstick sets, you might as well pack up and close down shop now, because no one will ever be able to top this USS Enterprise set that ThinkGeek has created. The BPA-free plastic chopsticks look like glowing blue warp trails coming out of its engines, and the ship's saucer section opens up to reveal a soy sauce dish.
Recently, Stephen Colbert lampooned gadgets that track what you drink and other seemingly inane metrics. But the trend may have just found its ideal market. The Chinese search giant Baidu just introduced a pair of "smart chopsticks" designed to alert users to the presence of "gutter oil", or the illegal use of oil dredged up unsavoury places.
It's estimated that over 130 million wooden chopsticks are produced every day, and most are destined to end up in the bin after just one use. Sure, wood breaks down a lot better than plastic, but a couple of engineers from Barcelona have a better idea. They're producing chopsticks made from rice husks — an unwanted by-product of rice production.
Created roughly 4000-5000 years ago in China, the earliest versions of something like chopsticks were used for cooking (they're perfect for reaching into pots full of hot water or oil) and were most likely made from twigs. While it's difficult to nail down a firm date, it would seem it wasn't until around 500-400 AD that they began being used as table utensils.
Over at the Maker Faire New York this past weekend, there was this wonderful creation that turns mastering chopsticks and dining on sushi into a skill-testing game. NYU students Christina Carter and Jess Jiyoung Jung's ChopsticKing challenges players to not only snatch a moving target but also do it while properly holding and manipulating chopsticks.
There's an eternal battle going on in my head on what's the greatest utensil in the entire world. I flip with a fork but then flop to chopsticks, I side with the spear and then Benedict Arnold to extended fingers. It's never settled. Different types of food require different utensils. If only there was one utensil to rule them all, if only I knew this fork and knife chopsticks existed.
Forks are for amateurs; if you're going to eat you're going to work for it, dammit. Enter the chopstick. But all those splinter-laden, wooden eating-twigs don't come without a price, you tree killer. The Compact Chopsticks, however, will let your live your life environmentally friendly and fork-free. Just like God intended.
The gentle curve of the tines on a fork make spearing food a little easier, but it also helps to keep them from getting dirty when placed on a table. It's an issue that has made chopstick rests a necessary accessory at many restaurants, at least until these brilliant Restless Chopsticks become more mainstream.
You're in a Japanese restaurant. Or a Chinese restaurant. Or a Korean restaurant. Or any restaurant that uses chopsticks as its main conduit for food. It smells so good! But you're sweating, your hands are shaking, you're starving because you can only get one rice morsel at a time with those damned wooden sticks.