Eventually, chopsticks became the eating utensils of choice as neighboring Asian countries adopted its use and modified it according to cultural preference. Chopsticks from Japan, for example, are usually more tapered than those from China -- which are blunt and longer. In Korea, chopsticks are usually made of stainless steel. A practical invention, chopsticks are still used today and have spread to all points of the globe.
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Learn more about the history of chopsticks, the types of chopsticks, how chopsticks are used, and chopsticks etiquette throughout Asia.
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More About Chopsticks
When you think of chopsticks
, what comes to your mind? We think of Chinese noodles. Chopsticks are small tapered, pair of sticks both of equal length, used in traditional eating utensils in Greater China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.Chopsticks
are believed to have originated from ancient China, they can also be found in some areas of Tibet and Nepal; arrears close to the Han Chinese populations. "Chopstick" is the Pidgin English and English name for the tools. The Chinese name for chopsticks is Kuaizi. Japanese chopsticks are called hashi or otemoto.
As easily as Europeans use forks, the Chinese use chopsticks; it is an extension of a mans fingers. The Chinese Chopstick is blunt on the "eating end," while the Japanese prefer those with pointed tips. You can also find short length chopsticks for children as well.
Chinese food is prepared in such a way that its easily handled with chopsticks. Many older generation Chinese households had no forks at all. Chopsticks are used for cooking as well. You can use them to serve noodles, retrieveing deep fried foods, beating eggs, stir frying.
Most chopsticks you find will be made of bamboo or plastic. However, there are chopsticks made of metal, bone, ivory and also various types of wood. To use chopsticks, you have to maneuver them in one hand, between the thumb and fingers and then use it to pick up food morsels.
Chopsticks Taboos in Japanese Culture
When using chopsticks in Japanese culture, the following are 10 things NOT to do:
to look for specific contents in a soup broth with your chopsticks
to wander and touch food items in a community plate with your chopsticks
to pick up food by stabbing it with your chopsticks
to lick or suck the tips of your chopsticks
to move plates or bowls around in a table
to stand chopsticks up in a bowl of rice on a table
to put a bowl close to your mouth and shovel food into your mouth with chopsticks
to hold a pair of chopsticks together with a fist; this make it seem as though you are attacking someone
to pass food to another person from chopsticks to another pair of chopsticks
to drip sauce from food items while picking the item up with your chopsticks, or simply dripping sauce directly from your chopsticks
General Chopsticks Etiquette
The following are 5 general chopsticks etiquette in Asian cultural
Never waive the chopsticks over food when having a meal because it is considered poor manners
Never spear or poke food with the tips of the chopsticks because it is bad manners. Certain things may be more difficult to pick up with chopsticks, but chopsticks are designed to pick up food, not to spear and stab it. Equally forbidden is using chopsticks to pull a dish forward. Use only hands
If you need to rest your chopsticks, leave them on the chopsticks rest or by the side of your bowl or plate. Do not stick them into a bowl of rice because it resembles ancestral offerings and is frowned upon
If the table settings include serving spoons or chopsticks, use them instead of your own set to get yourself food.
Do not suck on the tip of the chopsticks.
How to Use Chopsticks?
Practice makes perfect when it comes in using chopsticks. It may look complicated at first. But the key in using it is to remain still the bottom chopstick while the upper chopstick moves to grasp the food.
There are two important things to remember for effective use of chopsticks. One is that the two lower ends must be even, that is, one must not protrude over the other. The other condition is that the two chopsticks must be in the same plane.
Here are few steps to eating using chopsticks:
Place the first (lower) chopstick in the base of the thumb and index finger and rest its lower end below on the ring finger. This chopstick remains fixed
Hold the other (upper) chopstick between the tips of the index and middle fingers, steady its upper half against the base of the index finger, and use the tips of the thumb to keep it in place.
Be sure the tips of the chopsticks are parallel
Keep the first chopstick in place as you practice moving the second chopstick toward the first chopstick
Use this technique to position the chopsticks around a piece of food
To pick up food, move the upper chopstick with index and middle fingers
Hold the food firmly as you lift it toward your mouth
With a little practice, you will be able to use chopsticks with ease