Well I did have a "D'uh" moment there didn't I?
"Chop Chop" = hurry up. And Oriental cooking is fast. Phil, how do those stainless steel ones go holding the food - I would imagine they'd be slippery, as compared to bamboo or wooden ones? My wooden ones go (or eventuallly will!) go in the dishwasher - they seem to survive it.
Coulis-o: Thank you very much for the link. It's a fascinating read, especially with the various etiquettes for their uses. Now I know why most incense burners in shops are horizontal, and not vertical, for home use.
I picked up a wooden box of chop stick rests (about 50 odd for $5 and I couldn't resist) from a thrift shop, some are shaped like bamboo, some like dragons. Too many for a family of 4 to use, so I decorate the table with them when we have such a meal, say, around the edge of a large bamboo placemat which I use to put the various bowls of food on. It's a bit twee, but I do it for fun and it looks well.