February 6, 2012

National Chopsticks Day

"When I'm at a Chinese restaurant having a hard time with chopsticks, I always hope that there's a Chinese kid at an American restaurant somewhere who's struggling mightily with a fork." - Rick Budinich

It's National Chopsticks Day!

Chopsticks have been in use for over 5,000 years. It's thought that twigs and branches (we're talking the ultimate precursor to actual chopsticks here) were originally used to remove food from fire before eaten. As the Chinese population increased, food started being cut into smaller pieces because it took time and energy to have to cook it through. Chopsticks were thus the easiest utensil to use.

There's a restaurant in the city I used to live in called Chopsticks (how appropriate for today's food holiday!). It isn't my favorite Chinese food, but it does hold a special place in my heart: it's where my mom always took my sister and I for lunch when we were younger. The staff loved us and the food was reliable; their crab rangoon, dumplings, and Szechuan chicken were my favorites.

I can safely say that I haven't eaten at Chopsticks in probably a decade. So, tonight was kind of a treat for me. I celebrated by using chopsticks to eat food from Chopsticks with my mom who not only taught me how to use chopsticks, but also introduced me to, well, Chopsticks.

(Never thought I'd write a sentence like that.)

Happy National Chopsticks Day!