“ Brand: Rice / Product Type: Chopsticks „
I'm a bit of a sucker for items for the kitchen that are a little bit different from the norm, which is why I love these beginner friendly chopsticks, part of a range from Rice, my new homeware favourite (details of where to buy at the end of this review). I bought four of these chopsticks several months ago - they were under £2 each and they are much used for the simple reason that they are fun, durable and make eating Chinese food easy for both adults and children alike.
As you can see from the picture the chopsticks come in bright colours - we own a pink, blue, orange and green. They are about 20 cm long and are made in one piece of plastic. The "V" bit between them means that you can hold them between a finger and thumb and pick up food easily - it flexes really easily making their use as an implement intuitive and idiot proof. As you don't need to apply much pressure to close the sticks they are ideal for children, for whom I suspect they are really designed. I've no issues using them myself; I've never had much success with chopsticks since, aged 7, being horribly out-classed by my Hong Kong-dwelling visiting cousins who were real pros. With these, however, even I can manage to pick up noodles, rice and dim sum with ease. What you can't see in the picture is that the end of each chopstick has a ridged part which makes sure that the chopsticks grip food well. The sticks are dishwasher safe and we've found that they haven't faded over time and, in all honesty I think they would be pretty hard to break.
I'm under no illusion that these chopsticks are a bit of a cheat, but I tell myself they are less of a cop out than using a fork - we like to have themed food nights in our family from time to time and often Friday night will be "chinese" with a mix of ready made and homemade fare. These chopsticks certainly add to the sense of occasion! I bought these chopsticks from my local kitchenware shop which carries much of the range from this manufacturer. They may seem a little pricey for a piece of plastic, but I think they are good quality and if you are making your own food rather than buying a pricey takeaway they pay for themselves pretty quickly.
Rice is a Danish brand and have lots of other fun and quirky items, I would recommend checking out the range on the link below where you should be able to find a stockist local to you. I'm really glad I bought these chopsticks, we use them all the time and they are great fun. Highly recommended.
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