Korean Stainless Steel Spoon and Chopsticks


Fork-and-knife alternative

Since experiencing the canteen at a Korean chaebol three years ago, Korean cutlery has been in heavy use at my house. The spoon — with its long, slim handle — is just the right size and heft for everything from cereal and soup to ice cream. The flat steel chopsticks are short enough to get a good grip on most food, and will survive dishwashing forever. A pair of cheap Korean chopsticks also does double duty on my workbench as general purpose drifts, picks and levers for fiddly work.

You can pick up a basic set for about $3, and really well-finished sets come in at around $10. These are simple, well thought-out utensils that easily match the knife and fork for table use.

-- Stewart Russell 04/26/12