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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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