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Learn to Eat With Chopsticks
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.