Why don't they use chopsticks in the Philippines?

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That's because the food staple in most of SE Asia countries is rice. It's not easy to eat rice with chopstick, compared to eat it with spoon (or in some Asian countries, hand). Most SE Asian rice is long grain type which isn't too sticky. ... But rice is still more popular than noodle, so spoon is used more than chopstick.
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Thailand. Historically, Thai people used bare hands to eat and occasionally used a spoon and fork for curries or soup, an impact from the west. But many Thai noodle dishes, served in a bowl are eaten with chopsticks. Unlike in China and in Vietnam, chopsticks are not used with a bowl of rice.
Utensil Etiquette Summary The Thais only use chopsticks to eat Chinese-style noodles in a bowl. Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Pad Kee Mao, Rad Na or any other noodle dish served in a flat plate will also be eaten with fork and spoon. Do not ask for a knife. Everything in Thai food is normally bite-sized.May 10, 2019
In many Asian cultures, it's considered rude to allow your chopsticks to stand upright in a mound of rice. Chopsticks should not be used to root around in the bottom of your bowl for food. ... Don't ask for chopsticks in the Philippines. Filipinos eat with forks and spoons.Apr 9, 2015
You eat it with chopsticks Listen people, the reason why chopsticks are in so many Thai restaurants is because Americans always ask for them. ... Noodle dishes, which are Chinese in origin, call for chopsticks, but for most dishes you should use a good ol' fork and spoon.Nov 2, 2016
Thailand. Historically, Thai people used bare hands to eat and occasionally used a spoon and fork for curries or soup, the result of Western influence. But many Thai noodle dishes, served in a bowl are eaten with chopsticks. Unlike in China and in Vietnam, chopsticks are not used with a bowl of rice.
Chopsticks are, inarguably, the single most important eating utensils in Japan. The Japanese use them to eat everything from rice and meat, to noodles, salad, and so much more! Japan is famous for their complex code of etiquette, and this includes mealtime.
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