Chinese often use chopsticks like
a spoon. The rice bowl is held up to the mouth and the rice
is shovelled in. Not very elegant but it works, letting you eat
quickly without spilling food. Same thing goes for noodles, but
not for soup!
When it comes to eating fish whole,
the way Chinese prefer, nothing beats a nimble pair of chopsticks
for prying small bits of flesh away from those annoying fish
bones. Chopsticks are equally adept at plucking the fish's eye
from its socket should you choose to indulge (which, according
to Chinese medicine is very strengthening for your own.
Chopsticks, especially purpose-built extra-long
ones are an important cooking utensil.
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