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 Are metal chopsticks harder to use than wooden ones?
SGocka  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:12:24 PM EDT
I was looking into ordering some metal chopsticks but I wonder if the food would slip off. I see they have rings cut into the end to help that but I'd like to hear some first hand experience.
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Darkstar117  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:13:59 PM EDT
In my expirence, yes. They just don't hold food as well at the wooden ones.
stutzcattle  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:16:11 PM EDT
Practice with the magnetic ones.
Bohr_Adam  [Life Member]
5/14/2012 4:17:43 PM EDT
Lots of different styles - I'd say they are easier to use than those obnoxious round wooden chopsticks, but harder than the standard rectangular ones - with the friction of the wood making the latter easier.

R0N  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:18:06 PM EDT
yes
mcantu  [Member]
5/14/2012 4:18:11 PM EDT
yes. metal and plastic ones suck...
BreakRight  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:19:13 PM EDT
Chinese tend to have wooden sticks and Koreans prefer steel.

The wooden are easier to use but the Korean BBQ is the best. I've spent lots of time in both places.

Breakright

XD_Fan  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:19:16 PM EDT
Yes. Sticky rice becomes very important with them.
Erevis  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:21:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:
Lots of different styles - I'd say they are easier to use than those obnoxious round wooden chopsticks, but harder than the standard rectangular ones - with the friction of the wood making the latter easier.



I have to agree with Bohr_Adam's assessment. That's been my experience as well.
LowBeta  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:21:58 PM EDT
loundeye molon.
godrilla47  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:23:39 PM EDT
FORK...
WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:23:48 PM EDT
I prefer wood. I'm less likely to hurt myself or others.
DSRV  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:27:48 PM EDT
Wow

Never seen metal chopsticks.

I've used bamboo, other kinds of wood, plastic, and ivory, but not metal.

myitinaw  [Life Member]
5/14/2012 4:31:33 PM EDT

Our favorite local Korean restaurant gives the customers
aluminum chopsticks to use.... I hate those damn things.

I prefer the cheap bamboo chopsticks.

Sumo  [Member]
5/14/2012 4:31:43 PM EDT
I have a titanium pair that I rarely use because they are a little too slippery depending on the dish. Also have a Jade pair that I haven't tried yet but suspect it will also not be used for eating very often.
E__WOK  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:32:07 PM EDT
Scoop with the chopstick rather than trying to pick something up.
Star_Scream  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:32:42 PM EDT
Its not bad our local Korean place uses them

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JT_26  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:35:00 PM EDT
If your eating hot noodle soup the metal ones will get very hot. My wife bought some I hated them gave them to my SIL.
Raptor937  [Member]
5/14/2012 4:37:00 PM EDT
I personally don't find metal chopsticks any more difficult to use than wooden ones, or plastic ones that they replaced.

I do find the flat metal chopsticks, that the Koreans use, rather unique and fun to use. My family members would disagree though.
john5036  [Member]
5/14/2012 4:37:45 PM EDT
Skill level with chopsticks makes the difference between whether wood or metal works for you. I can generate enough grip with metal chopsticks to not worry about slippage, and I've been using the things long enough to eat rice with them, no problem.

I'm also half Korean.
MiloBloom  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:38:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Erevis:
Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:
Lots of different styles - I'd say they are easier to use than those obnoxious round wooden chopsticks, but harder than the standard rectangular ones - with the friction of the wood making the latter easier.



I have to agree with Bohr_Adam's assessment. That's been my experience as well.




I don't get along with B_A often, but I agree with him here.

Bohr, please confine yourself to the Cooking Forum for my well-being. OKthnxbai ..



Bohr_Adam  [Life Member]
5/14/2012 4:39:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Raptor937:
I personally don't find metal chopsticks any more difficult to use than wooden ones, or plastic ones that they replaced.

I do find the flat metal chopsticks, that the Koreans use, rather unique and fun to use. My family members would disagree though.


See, now those are the only metal chopsticks I'm familiar with.

Are there round ones as well?
SevenMMmag  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:39:25 PM EDT
skinny round chopsticks are the worst. I like blocky wooden chopsticks, makes shoveling food much easier
Banditman  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:39:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BreakRight:
Chinese tend to have wooden sticks and Koreans prefer steel.

The wooden are easier to use but the Korean BBQ is the best. I've spent lots of time in both places.

Breakright


My Korean Wife and her Family use bamboo chop sticks. They have steel ones and
use the bamboo sticks most of the time. Same at my house.
Bohr_Adam  [Life Member]
5/14/2012 4:41:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JT_26:
If your eating hot noodle soup the metal ones will get very hot. My wife bought some I hated them gave them to my SIL.


Noodles slip through metal chopsticks so easily... I've had to ask for disposable wooden ones in a restaurant before. I fail at noodles.
ma96782  [Member]
5/14/2012 4:41:55 PM EDT
IMHO..........

The Korean metal chopsticks suck. They're too slippery and thin.



Japanese wooden chopsticks w/tapering pointy tips are a little better. But, because they are pointy, food capacity is somewhat limited and they're slippery.



Chinese chopsticks, rounded bodies and made of plastic (like in a typical Chinese restaruant), are a step above the Japanese chopsticks for everyday use. They can also be slippery. And because people complain that Chinese foods are too oily well, if you're not good at using chopsticks, your food will end up on your shirt.



But IMHO.......the real winner is the disposable wooden chopsticks (typically made in Japan or China). WHY? Sanitary reasons and the fact that the wooden bodies "grab" your food. Just remember to rub the bodies together before use to get the splinters off.



Aloha, Mark
H46Driver  [Member]
5/14/2012 4:42:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SGocka:
I was looking into ordering some metal chopsticks but I wonder if the food would slip off. I see they have rings cut into the end to help that but I'd like to hear some first hand experience.


The only metal chopsticks I've used were in Korea and the food was soup. Very difficult to hold onto slippery noodles. The metal 'sticks were knurled so I'd imagine that there wouldn't be much difference for sushi/sashimi, but we stuff just seemed more difficult.

NUCdt04  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:55:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:
Lots of different styles - I'd say they are easier to use than those obnoxious round wooden chopsticks, but harder than the standard rectangular ones - with the friction of the wood making the latter easier.


all of that


square wood

round wood

metal



that order
Followthehollow  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 4:57:06 PM EDT
we use the squarish plastic ones at my house. (gf is viet)

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Raptor937  [Member]
5/14/2012 5:50:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:
Originally Posted By Raptor937:
I personally don't find metal chopsticks any more difficult to use than wooden ones, or plastic ones that they replaced.

I do find the flat metal chopsticks, that the Koreans use, rather unique and fun to use. My family members would disagree though.


See, now those are the only metal chopsticks I'm familiar with.

Are there round ones as well?


There are round ones, that's what I use at home.
tmleadr03  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 5:58:09 PM EDT
Yes. I always grab the wooden ones.
TheGunCollector  [Member]
5/14/2012 5:59:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Darkstar117:
In my expirence, yes. They just don't hold food as well at the wooden ones.


Yep. Too slippery IMHO.
Daytona955i  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 6:03:40 PM EDT
I haven't used a pair of metal ones that have worked worth a damn.
edb66  [Team Member]
5/14/2012 6:04:48 PM EDT
I'm still practicing with my moribashi.



But they're not eating chopsticks, they're for cooking and plating (and pointy too if I ever need to shank a motherfucker).

MarkHatfield  [Member]
5/14/2012 6:07:29 PM EDT
The Korean metal ones are flat and thin, more difficult to use but it can be done.
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