Have you ever visited an Asian restaurant and wondered about the traditions surrounding chopsticks? Chopsticks are a great way to eat your food quickly and conveniently. Studies have shown that using chopsticks can have some added benefits, such as improving memory and increasing manual dexterity. There are many different types of chopsticks, from the Japanese wari-bashi (disposable chopsticks) to different styles of chopsticks used for cooking, eating and picking up cakes and other sweets. Although they are a great way to eat your meals, to the uninitiated chopstick user, they may be a bit tricky to use at first.
The proper way to use chopsticks is to hold the two pieces parallel to each other in the web between your thumb and forefinger on your fork hand. Rest the chopstick that is closest to your body on the first joint of your ring finger and keep it immobile. Hold the other chopstick with your forefinger and middle finger, and manipulate them to pick up your food as if they were pincers.
Once you have a bit of practice with chopsticks, you’ll find their use simple, natural and easy. Chopstick use allows much more nimbleness and precision than a fork or knife could ever offer. There are, however, a number of etiquette rules when it comes to dining with chopsticks:
Chopsticks are a practical and fun way to eat. Chopstick use has been compared to Asian brush painting and writing Chinese characters, as the movements and hand disciplines are similar. Once you have practiced a bit, you’ll be using chopsticks naturally and fluidly. Bon appetite!