If you’re planning a trip to Asia, or you just want the authentic Asian dining experience at home, then knowing how to hold chopsticks and how to eat with chopsticks is a must. If you’ve ever tried it, however, you might have realized it’s not as easy as it looks. Keep on reading, because we’re about to teach you how to use chopsticks like a pro. It’s not as difficult as it looks.
One of the most common mistakes newbies make is being too rigid with their chopsticks. If you try to clench them, all you do is make them buckle. This sends your food all over the place. It’s much better to hold your dominant hand loosely. Start by placing the first chopstick between your thumb and pointer finger. Use your ring finger to keep it balanced.
Now it’s time to add the second chopstick. This one also goes between your thumb and pointer finger, but with a difference. This time you want to rest the chopstick on your middle finger, rather than your ring finger. This is the basics on how to hold chopsticks. Now you’re ready to start using them.
It’s time to properly grip your chopsticks so that you can actually use them. Do this by using your thumb, middle, and pointer finger to get a tighter grip on the second chopstick.
The first chopstick – the bottom one – isn’t going to move much during the entire eating process. How to eat with chopsticks is all about using the index and middle fingers to control the second chopstick. It’s a good idea to start out with something small and simple to practice on. Grapes are a good idea. So get some grapes and put them down somewhere.
Now, use your index and middle fingers to control the top chopstick. Move it up and down to open up the chopsticks and then close them down over the food. Remember that your hand should be kept loose, but still have good control over the chopstick. Even though grapes are a great practice food, lifting heavier food is a little tougher.
After getting a firm grip on the grape (or whatever you happen to be eating) just lift it up and away you go. It’s not nearly as complicated as it sounds, right?
If you’re buying chopsticks to use at home, then it’s best to buy bamboo ones. There are plastic chopsticks, but they are unwieldy and can get slippery. Disposable chopsticks should be avoided as well. They generate a lot of waste, and are hardly the most environmentally friendly way to eat your food. Metal stainless steel chopsticks are also available in gorgeous ornate designs.
Once you understand how to hold chopsticks and how to use chopsticks, you will see that they are the most versatile food utensil there is. Gain mastery over your chopsticks, and you’ll have a knife, fork, whisk, pair of tongs, and even a steamer stand all in one!