Chopsticks are shaped pairs of equal length sticks that have been used as the traditional ancient kitchen and eating utensils in virtually all of East Asia for over six thousand years.
Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese and later spread to countries, through cultural influence or through Chinese immigrant communities, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Nepal as well as in areas of the United States, especially California and Hawaii, and cities in Canada and Australia with Chinese communities.
Chopsticks are smoothed and frequently tapered, and are commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood, or stainless steel. They are less commonly made from gold, silver, porcelain, jade, or ivory.
The basic technique of using chopsticks consists of mainly 4 steps:
- Pick up the first chopstick and place it between your middle finger and the base of your thumb.
- Grip the second chopstick with your index finger and thumb
- Practice opening and closing the chopsticks.
- Start picking up food!
East Asia attaches great importance to chopsticks and it led to creating some rules and etiquette for using them.
Here are a few things you absolutely must not do with chopsticks:
- Do not stick your chopsticks upright in your rice.
- Do not leave your chopsticks crossed on your plate or bowl, or the table.
- Do not use one chopstick at a time, especially not to spear food.
- Do not pass food from chopstick to chopstick.
I don't remember the exact date, but I learned it by myself everytime I ate Asian !
Learnt while at univetsity
I've been working on this for a long time lol. We went to eat at a Thai restaurant for the first time and I feel like I did well enough to say I learned how to use chopsticks!! now the real test will be when I finally visit Japan!
I was only 6, we had a teacher who did a “world food” day every Friday and it had to be authentic. She insisted we use chopsticks and I’ve been using them ever since.
I live in Hong Kong China, when I was born, I have to use chopsticks to eat!
as a kid, a long time ago
wanted to try. too be a few tries but I finally got it
I had to learn for my trip to Thailand
don't know when, but I learned as a child
No more children's chopsticks for me
Since almost 3 or 4 years ago.
You will learn to appreciate your food with this. Because you are going to take a while eating. Fun struggling times.
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I don't know, I just ate a lot of asian food on Fridays, so I got used to chopsticks.
I learned when I was younger, but it's still helpful. Asian food is my favorite.
Eat with chopsticks in an amazing Japanese restaurant in Brighton
I always enjoyed them so I taught myself back in high school.
I still eat with them sometimes
first time going to a sushi bar,got the hang of it pretty easily
fiance taught me shortly after we started dating
The more I try, the better it gets
complété lorsqu un asiatique m'a dis que je tenais très bien mes baguettes !!
At first it was a little tricky but then I enjoyed it. Best way to learn is by being really hungry and not having any utensils with you. you'll just have to figure it out:)
it was very difficult. my fingers hurt!
Just tried one time and could do it