As they are normally used, chopsticks
are essentially a pair of tongs – the hand acts as the hinged
connection joining and controlling the two sticks. It is interesting
to wonder why chopsticks were not developed into proper tongs,
a utensil that would be much easier for the beginner, whether Chinese
or foreign, to grapple with.
People tend to pigeonhole the wok as an instrument of stir frying. It seems to have been developed specifically for that use; that is the job it does to perfection. Yet this uniquely shaped cooking pot handles at least adequately: frying, deep frying, braising, stewing, boiling, smoking, steaming, and soup making … more