My love of chopsticks got its foundation during my college years. I was FAB – Flat Ass Broke. I literally lived on approximately $250 per month (my shared suite and utilities were taken care of by my grants and loans) to pay my cell phone, credit card, sorority, and food bills + any other expenses (say, if I’d like to not be naked as I went to class). So I did what any other destitute college kid would do – I ate Ramen noodles.
Ah, Ramen noodles. A bowlful of salty goodness for the price of a shiny dime. Eaten with a fork, however, those carb-loaded noodles went down pretty fast and left me hungering for another package like a hyena out scavenging for its next meal. One night I discovered a way to stay fuller, longer by accident.
I decided that to be “authentic” I should eat my Ramen noodles with chopsticks (no, this decision did not involve buckets full of tequila, but I understand how it would sound that way). It predictably took me much longer to eat them as I stabbed, twisted, finagled, and nearly played a drum solo on the bowl just in order to get a few noodles successfully picked up.
It took me 25 minutes to eat that bowl of Ramen noodles.
After all that, I was totally full. So now, I’ve tried to incorporate chopsticks into as many meals as possible, though my technique has definitely improved.
I was even planning to use them to eat brown rice from Trader Joe’s the other day – MONUMENTAL mistake. Not a mistake because of the chopsticks, but because of the rice. I thought I’d once again be adventurous and try something new, and got bitten again. Disgusting! Though, I’ve heard since then that I was supposed to pair the rice with something, not just eat it plain. Oh well! Onward and upward.