中英对照版 2019年第4期 约瑟夫· G. 克瑞斯基 2019-11-26
筷子，快，快速，快餐 & &想到这里我便觉得肚子咕咕叫。不管有没有筷子，是时候来点小吃了。
Chinese-English No.4 2019 Joseph G. Krenitsky2019-11-26
The USA is the land of Finger Foods and the Home of the Fast Food industry as we know it. Fast foods are often finger foods, things we can pick up with our fingers and eat quickly with our hands. Hamburgers; Hot Dogs; Tacos; French Fries; Pizza; the list goes on and on and on Both American and Chinese people love to eat although I believe the food culture of China is far more interesting and diverse.
What exactly is American Food anyway ? We are a country made of immigrants and much of our food is borrowed from or comes from another place and another culture. Americans often view eating or getting food as an opportunity to re-fuel. Like a stop at the gas station for your car. So why does the title of this article include the word chopsticks ?
Over the past 15 years I have learned how to use and appreciate the art of handling chopsticks. Friends in China will sometimes compliment me on my use of chopsticks or “kuai zi”. As a westerner or “waiguoren” I consider this to be a very high compliment and yes I think that I am pretty proficient with the use of chopsticks. If there was a TOEFL score for chopstick use, I think my score would be 101 !
I love the challenge of using chopsticks to eat a fresh batch of fried peanuts or a bowl of “ huashengmi” using my chopsticks to reduce the overflowing bowl, one peanut at a time ! This challenge by the way is best handled if the snack “huashengmi” is accompanied with a cold bottle of beer. This finding is based on my personal research. In the USA would a westerner use chopsticks to eat peanuts? No way, most Americans will eat peanuts by the handful, straight from the serving bowl.
I also enjoy watching Chinese friends who are especially proficient with the use of “kuai zi” eat all kinds of foods, snacks, cakes and even desserts. They calculate like an engineer the exact dimension and size of the item to achieve the right balance as they raise it aloft to their mouth. After all in engineering, weight distribution and balance are important factors to consider.
If “kuai zi” was an Olympic event the Chinese for sure would be Gold Medal favorites !
I am by nature, a curious person so I did some research on the origins of Chopsticks. It seems the first recorded use of chopsticks was during the Neolithic period of China about 9000 years ago. They were used for cooking stirring and grabbing bits of food from a pot of boiling water or oil. Originally they were not used as eating utensils. Some records indicate that chopsticks were first used as eating utensils during the Han Dynasty but it was during the Ming Dynasty that chopsticks came into normal use for both serving and eating food. It was also during the Ming Dynasty that they acquired the name “kuai zi” and also were given the present shape.
Kuai zi; kuai; quickly; fast foods Hm I am getting hungry, time for a snack “xiao chi” with or without my kuai zi.
By the way, Chicken Wings a favorite world-wide snack or fast food, were first prepared and invented right here in my hometown of Buffalo, New York USA ! So if you travel to New York or Toronto Canada and you take a trip to visit the Falls of Niagara; be sure to stop by my hometown of Buffalo and eat some delicious Buffalo Wings, with or without your kuai zi !
Man man chi !