VAT: Curious 1

Were you ever curious as to why people in China use chopsticks, especially as there are few forests in China to make wooden chopsticks?

As there were few forests in China, there was little wood to fuel fires for cooking. Unlike Europe where wood was readily available, it was economically prohibitive to cook whole animals or large animal parts for long hours. Hence, animals were cut into bite size pieces for quick cooking (the etymology of the word chopstick is quick) and knives and forks were unnecessary, giving rise to the use of chopsticks. Likewise, instead of cooking on a skillet or spit, food was cooked in a wok which has a large cooking surface that requires less fuel for cooking.

Curiosity makes things beautiful.