The Chopsticks Whisperer


Our subject today is chopsticks or, as they are called in China, kuaizi (kwhy-zuh). The good news is, if you know how to hold a pencil properly, you’re halfway there. Here are the steps to mastering the art of eating with chopsticks.

Step 1

The first chopstick is your “anchor” stick. Grasp it as if you were going to write with it.

Step 2

Now adjust your anchor stick until it “locks” in place at the very tip of your ring finger. The two points of contact should be the crotch between your thumb and index, and the tip of your ring finger.

Step 3

The second stick is your “scissor” stick. It does all the work while your anchor stick just sits there. Grasp your scissor stick with your thumb, index and middle fingers.

Step 4

Practice picking up small objects by moving the scissor stick up and down.

Step 5

You now have the basic idea, but because everyone’s hand is different you may have to experiment until you find the right combination. For example, many people use their middle finger to lock the anchor stick and their thumb and index for the scissor stick.

Tips:

You will know you are a kuaizi master when you can eat shelled peanuts one at a time from a bowl set in the middle of the table!

Eating noodles is a cinch with chopsticks and eating rice with chopsticks is easier than you may think. Hold your rice bowl up to your mouth and kind of shovel it in!

Next lesson: How NOT to eat with chopsticks!

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One Twenty Over Seventy Two


After thirteen years in China I am back in the USA. Yesterday I went to the doctor and there was good news: my blood pressure was one twenty over seventy two. For your reference, here is a chart provided by the American Heart Association. My doctor also recommended cholesterol and diabetes mellitus screening.

When the blood tests came back there was more good news. Sort of. It seems my cholesterol levels are low to normal, but my blood sugar is considered “pre-diabetic.” Must have been that carrot cake I had for breakfast.

For a man crossing the threshold of retirement I consider this to be a relatively good checkup. Such was not the case in 2004 when I boarded a plane bound for Shanghai. I can say with some degree of certainty that my turnaround in health probably has more than a little to do with my diet during those thirteen years.

Here then is a link to a post I wrote a few years back!

 

 

 

 

 

Bean Dip by Another Name


Hummus? Yummus!

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Hummus? Yummus! Hummus? Yummus!

It’s usually not a good sign to walk into a restaurant during the noon hour and find it deserted, with nary a customer, waiter or hostess in sight. I would have turned tail and left, except I’d promised to meet my Chinese student and her new boyfriend for lunch.

She had specifically chosen this Turkish restaurant in the heart of Guangzhou (Canton) because it was rumored to have one of the most mouth-watering Mediterranean menus on the metropolitan map. Since I had my choice of tables and a few minutes to kill, I began a quest for the best seat in the house.

I knew I’d probably found the most comfortable booth when I accidentally disturbed two waitresses snoozing soundly on the red tuck and roll benches. Startled to see a customer, they jumped up, wiped the sleep from their eyes and offered me a menu.

“Where is…

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