Chopstick Etiquette

Chopsticks can be made of bamboo, plastic, wood, bone, stainless steel, jade, porcelain or ivory. Some tend to narrow and taper at the bottom, whereas others are pointy. For the most part, a majority of my friends can use chopsticks. However, for those who don’t know how I’d like to teach you. It’s too hard to eat sushi or noodle soup with a fork!

  1. Hold your hand out like you are going to make a one-handed open mouth crocodile puppet.
  2. Insert a chopstick into the nook of your thumb and palm.
  3. Grab the second chopstick and put it in between your thumb and index finger.
  4. Once you have a grip on the second stick, tuck your ring finger and pinky finger under your palm.
  5. Place your middle finger above the bottom stick.
  6. Balancing the two sticks, move the top stick up and down and start grabbing food.

Simple right? Here’s a pictogram for the visual learners out there:

Chopstick Pictogram 

If all else fails, there’s the option of practicing with children’s chopsticks too. 🙂

Children’s Chopsticks

Remember: Practice makes perfect! Strengthen those chopstick finger muscles! And don’t impale or stab your food! It’s already (under normal circumstances) dead!



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