Posted on Jun 9, 2011 in Food & drink
I would love to know how to correctly use chopsticks, but am too embarrassed to ask any friends for a lesson. Can you help?
Chopsticks are actually surprisingly easy to use, once you get the traditional fork and knife mindset out of your head. There’s a video below to help you, but here are some super-simplified instructions:
You can get more tips — these from the experts — at Chinatown Connection.
If this doesn’t make sense to your brain, hands, or something in between, take heart. You can get a couple “training wheels” versions to help you get the hang of the whole chopstick thing. For instance, check out both Holdstix Easy to Use Chopsticks and Combi Chopsticks Training Set.
In 2008, China Daily reported that an estimated 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used and thrown away each year in China. That’s about 25 million fully grown trees every year. The usage outside of China obviously isn’t as great, but it’s still incredibly wasteful.
So once you get used to the whole chopstick thing, why not buy your own? You can shop at various places online — including Asian Food Grocer and Amazon.
Now, as promised, a video to show you how to hold chopsticks:
For yet more, also see How to Use Chopsticks for Dummies.
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