How to eat Chinese Noodles

Noodles can be tricky to eat with chopsticks as they are slippery, and if served in soup, even harder to grab. If you’re eating fried noodles with vegetables, meat or seafood, it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up a mixture so that the other ingredients provide some grip. You can also use your Chinese porcelain spoon in your other hand, to prevent everything falling from your chopsticks back on to the plate. Even if you’re just holding it under your chopsticks, it will provide some support. Plenty of Chinese people use their porcelain spoons.

When eating noodles in soup, the Chinese spoon (or the large wooden/bamboo one that sometimes arrives with soup noodles) is essential. I’ve seen so many people struggle with just a pair of chopsticks, when holding the spoon in the other hand will really help. I make a real mess when eating soup noodles, splashing soup around me, so I always tuck a napkin into my collar. Not very dignified, but it comes in handy. The spoon will catch most of the noodles and you can use it to sip soup too. Once you’ve practised coordinating the use of both, you’ll be fine! To find out more, read the first post listed below…

Let me know if you have other tips or suggestions! I’d love to hear them.

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