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各國不同種類的筷子 – chopsticks differences

Sometimes I think Sing and I stopped growing mentally. I mean, we’re still like 5 year old kids asking ‘Why?!’ – over and over again. image-7And what was bothering us for a really long time was ‘Why Koreans, Chinese and Japanese use different chopsticks?’. Yes, that’s one of the problems in our lives. Or I should say was a problem, because just few weeks ago we found an article mentioning why.

We love chopsticks so much we have 3 most popular types of chopsticks in our home. Actually my husband even said he should have mentioned in our latest video (click here or below to see it!) that chopsticks should be more popular in West. Well, good luck trying to cut a stake with chopsticks. Then, I’ve seen him cutting a pork chop with a spoon so nothing really can shock me in our household.

With Sing’s help I translated this the best I could, but if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comment section!image-8
For the original content creator please visit: https://hk.thenewslens.com/article/54918
Pictures are by taken me (just saying to show off with a beautiful cat-bowl I got).

中國是發明筷子的國家,據說早在5,000多年前,大禹就發明了筷子;在盛唐時期,詩人李白即喊出了「停杯投箸不能食」的詩句。亞洲各個國家,尤其是日本和韓國也都有筷子。
Chopsticks were invented in China over 5000 years ago. There are poems mentioning them back during Tang Dynasty. Many countries around China also use chopsticks, especially Japan and Korea.

儘管都是使用筷子,細心的人們會發現,三個國家的筷子形狀並不一樣,中國的筷子頭是圓的,日本筷子的頭是尖的,韓國的筷子則是金屬製的。而且, 中國的筷子最長。這是什麼原因呢?
Even though they are all called chopsticks, there are differences between the chopsticks in those 3 countries. Chinese chopsticks have round head. image-9Japanese chopsticks are relatively sharp and Korean chopsticks are made by metal. Chinese chopsticks are the longest among all of them.

先說中國,在中國吃飯,都是全家或者朋友間聚餐制,大家圍在一個大桌子前,一起吃飯喝酒,由於桌子大,菜餚種類多,盤子離人比較遠,所以需要使用很長的筷子。而且,中國是一個禮儀之邦,在酒桌上,主人還要為客人送菜,筷子短了就搆不著了。
Chinese people like to enjoy their meal in a group at a round table. Since such tables are usually quite large and there are many dishes on the table, people need a longer chopsticks to reach the food.
In Chinese culture the host will need to serve the food into visitors’ bowls as a part of the hospitality, therefore it can’t be done with shorter chopsticks.

此外,中國人在使用筷子上,什麼都用筷子吃,像韓國人吃米飯用勺子,可是中國人吃米飯也使用筷子,把筷子的應用到了極致。此外中國的飲食豐富,作出的菜綿軟可口,使用的筷子是圓頭的,image-11也完全能滿足人們的實際需要。
Koreans uses spoon to eat rice but Chinese uses chopsticks instead. Also Chinese cuisine texture is generally on the soft side, therefore a pair of round headed chopsticks can achieve all their needs. (According to Sing to grab ‘hard’ food you should have sharp chopsticks so you can poke the food)

中國的筷子傳到日本後,被日本改良了,筷子逐漸變成了尖頭,筷子的長度也短了,這是因為,日本人大都是吃「定食」,較用不著長的筷子。日本身處島國臨近海洋,魚產品豐富,日本人便經常吃魚;吃魚的時候,用筷子沒必要用很大力氣,是以筷子尖很鋒利,用尖筷子容易紮起魚肉。
When the Japanese learned to use chopsticks from the Chinese, they modified head of the chopstick to sharp. It is because Japanese food are usually in a set, such as bento or teishoku that does not require a person to reach to the oimage-10ther side of the table.
Also seafood is very common in Japan, therefore sharper chopsticks can pick up fish easily.

和中國、日本使用木質筷子不同,韓國人使用的是金屬筷子,這是為什麼?
Why only Korea uses metal chopsticks?

一種說法是在過去的朝鮮半島上,只用貴族才用得起筷子,為了顯示自己的富有, 他們就用金銀做筷子,後來窮人們使用筷子後,也效仿起來。另一說法則是韓國人愛吃泡菜,需要用純銀的筷子測試埋於泥土下的泡菜是否有毒性。
Someone said in the ancient Korea, only the Royal family could afford metal chopsticks. Someone also said metal chopsticks, especially made by silver were used to test whether Kimchi contains anything poisonous.

至於為什麼製作成扁平的,這是因為在韓國,家裡的女人們服侍公婆丈夫吃飯時,都是自己先在廚房準備好後,再將大大小小的碟盤放上小凳子送去給公婆丈夫食用。image-12所以末端扁平的筷子可以防止筷子滾動滑落,不然,公婆丈夫會很生氣。韓國筷子,既沒有中國筷子長也沒有日本筷子短。既可以夾起豆子又可以在小碟子裡面撕開泡菜,筷子更細。
But why Korean chopsticks are very flat? It is because in Korean family, the wife usually serves the meal on a tray to the husband and in-laws first. Flat chopsticks wouldn’t roll off from the tray when it is being carried from the kitchen. Thinner chopsticks can also easily pick up beans and peel off Kimchi.

中國人使用筷子很講究,有禮儀上的講究,也有禁忌上的講究。這些禮儀也都傳到了日本和韓國,成為了東方文明特有的一種象徵。
There are many courtesies, rules and taboos in using chopsticks in the Chinese culture. This culture had also been taught to otherimage-13 countries and became a part of the oriental civilization.

I personally love Japanese style chopsticks – very easy to hold and operate, sharp at the end so I can grab food easily. Chinese style chopsticks are OK – after so many years of being married and cooking Cantonese-Shanghainese food for our families I learnt to use them, but I don’t like how wide they are. Korean chopsticks are the worst one – in my opinion only! Don’t get me wrong – I admire each one of you who can use them, because I look like those people in movies when they are suppose to eat some take-away and they cross their chopsticks like scissors and just poke the food. That’s literally me and Korean chopsticks. Funny to watch me  doing this, not so funny for me to actually do it.

Which one are your favorite? Maybe you know more fun facts about chopsticks? Let us know, we would love to read it!

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