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The How-To Lounge: Using Chopsticks





Are you a sushi fan like me? Or do you eat a lot of Chinese food? If so, it's important to know how to use chopsticks like a pro, so here are some easy tips to refresh your memory.

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  • Some restaurants set the table with plastic chopsticks, which I find much more difficult to eat with, so if you agree, ask your waiter for a set of wooden ones that are much easier to maneuver
  • Hold one of the chopsticks in-between your thumb and middle finger. This stick will act as the anchor if you will
  • Place the second chopstick in-between your thumb and forefinger. This is the chopstick that will be doing most of the work and all of the movement
  • Be sure to keep your chopsticks straight ahead rather than pointing downward similarly to how you would naturally dangle a pen in your hand
  • When you go to pick up your food, grab with the top chopstick and hold your food tightly against the base chopstick. Your forefinger will be doing most of the work when using chopsticks
  • If you are having trouble keeping the two sticks together, try folding up the paper envelope they are served in, place it at the base of the chopsticks, and rubber band the two sticks together. This is a great way to practice your chopstick skills
  • No matter how frustrated you get, never stab your food with a single chopstick - it's considered very tacky and rude
  • In many cultures, it's considered disrespectful to file away at loose splinters on your wooden chopsticks, so if you see something that might cut your mouth, simply remove it with your hands

If you have any other helpful tips to perfecting the skill of eating with chopsticks, please share them below!

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mrspiven mrspiven 8 years
i love chopsticks! they're awesome. sometimes i even eat things like spaghetti and mandarin oranges with them, just for fun. that's lame, i know, but i just love to use them.
emma- emma- 8 years
Great tips, Lily.
emma- emma- 8 years
Great tips, Lily.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
HAHA this is so funny! Last night I was thinking about blogging about chopsticks! Oh well, you beat me to it, Dear! I like using chopsticks. I don't like how some Chinese restaurants (here in Richmond, VA) don't even give them to you right away, so I have to request them. Oh well, I learned the skill early. Thanks for the tips on chopstick etiquette! :)
lily314 lily314 8 years
"Are you a sushi fan like me?" Sushi is meant to be eaten with fingers, not with chopsticks. This is especially true at high-end sushi restaurants. "Hold one of the chopsticks in-between your thumb and middle finger. This stick will act as the anchor if you will. Place the second chopstick in-between your thumb and forefinger. This is the chopstick that will be doing most of the work and all of the movement." Being Chinese, I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't eat with chopsticks. Maybe I'm odd and other longtime users do things differently, but I find it easier to rest the "anchor" chopstick in the grove between my middle and ring fingers. Then I hold the other chopstick like a pencil, in the grove between my middle and index fingers. That way, my thumb covers both chopsticks and provides more stability. "In many cultures, it's considered disrespectful to file away at loose splinters on your wooden chopsticks, so if you see something that might cut your mouth, simply remove it with your hands." In many cultures, we don't use disposable chopsticks made of cheap wood (the ones at restaurants are the equivalent of plastic sporks). The chopsticks come separate, so there aren't any splinters. I don't see any problems with discretely rubbing the splinters off rather than risking stabbing your hand or mouth. At restaurants where this action would be uncouth, they probably wouldn't use cheap splinter-prone utensils.
lemassabielle lemassabielle 8 years
I think sushi is absolutely gross. However, I love certain chinese places and have perfected the art of chop sticks since I was a kid.
miss-britt miss-britt 8 years
there's a few Chinese places on campus and i always pick up chop sticks when i get food. I've perfected my ability of using chop stick. If i've learned anything at school it would be that.
MegLahr MegLahr 8 years
We recently moved to California from the midwest. It seems everyone out here knew how to use chop sticks but me! So my hubby and I brought some home from a resturantone night and used them for a week. I'm proud to say that I am now a chop sticks pro.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 8 years
My friends have tried to teach me. Even with all of their guidance & me reading the directions, I still look like a total ass when I use them! I just can't seem to master it. I might try to practice at home. If I can get it down, then I'll try again in public.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 8 years
My friends have tried to teach me. Even with all of their guidance & me reading the directions, I still look like a total ass when I use them! I just can't seem to master it.I might try to practice at home. If I can get it down, then I'll try again in public.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I love using chopsticks! Annd people are impressed when you use them too! When we went to Japanese Village Steakhouse for a b-day out of 10 people only me, my boyfriend, and one of my girlsfriends could use them! And everyone was like "Sweet! You can use chopsticks!?" And I was impressed when i found out my man was a pro with them too :D
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I love using chopsticks! Annd people are impressed when you use them too! When we went to Japanese Village Steakhouse for a b-day out of 10 people only me, my boyfriend, and one of my girlsfriends could use them! And everyone was like "Sweet! You can use chopsticks!?"And I was impressed when i found out my man was a pro with them too :D
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 8 years
I never had anyone teach me when I was younger. I would beg my mom to let me get the packets of wooden chopsticks at the store when I was 8 or 9 years old. I would use them to eat my pasta - since then, I love to use them!
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