I dropped ONE chopstick on the floor here at work right after opening them. This floor is beyond disgusting, never gets vacuumed. So, the five second rule doesn't apply. I let out a very audible, NOOOOOO!!!! Eating sushi with a fork was weird, like on another plane of consciousness weird. And, it was one of those super flimsy, sub-plastic, mega cheap things from our break room, which made it worse somehow. I'll always grab a back up pair of chopsticks from now on.
I've had to eat sushi with a fork a couple of times out of necessity, like you had to do today. You might as well be eating a waffle. It just isn't sushi without chopsticks.
Really though, just use your hands. Many say that the "proper" way IS to use your hands. Chopsticks are for something else:
In the late seventies I worked with a former Marine who had been stationed in Okinawa. He was the one who introduced me to sushi. There was a Japanese restaurant on 55th Street in NYC we used to go all the time that had a sushi bar. We always used our hands to eat it.
Viewing the things in my life that I have, I believe that hands were probably the FIRST utensil used for the ingesting of sushi. I was taught by a missionary that lived about 10 years in Japan that hands were used a LOT for ingesting foods of MANY variety's. I learned a LOT from this lady...I even have a picture of her somewhere...it was DEFINITELY a 'publicity' photo of her in a Kimono [white] and she WAS a 'looker' even to an eight year old boy! Being an inquisitive kid, I asked her about this, and she said sometimes people used their hands to take food to their mouths, after vigorous cleansing, of course! Summer of '66 was when I met her...She was on a tour of Nazarene churches in the area, and staying at a cottage in the local grounds of the Church of the Nazarene in Michigan...she had us over for Sukiyaki, which she prepared. Each person got a small bowl which contained a raw egg, which to dipped the meat and other ingredients in before placing in your mouth, but she gave us spoons to eat with, we being 'normal' western hemisphere folk. One of the reasons I know this is the habit of making rice sort of sticky for easier scooping from the bowl to the mouth of poorer folks who didn't have a lot of $ for dishes or utensils.
Any ways, that's MY experience, take it for what it's worth.
Edited by OldRUSHfan, 18 September 2016 - 10:51 AM.