Noteworthy peculiarities of Eastern meal culture

Culture Story: Noteworthy peculiarities of Eastern meal culture

Do you know everything about using chopsticks? There are certain rules an ordinary American wouldn't understand.


  • Don't tap by your chopsticks against the table, the plate or anything else to call the waiter.
  • Don't draw with the chopsticks.
  • Don't search for a better piece of food using chopsticks.
  • Once you touched a piece, you should take it and eat.
  • Don't pin food on the chopsticks.
  • Don't shake the chopsticks to cool your food.
  • Don't lick the chopsticks or keep them in your mouth for a long time.
  • Don't point at anything using chopsticks.
  • Don't move dishes with help of the chopsticks. Do it with your hands.
  • You should put the chopsticks on the table before asking for additional serving of rice.
  • Do not ever leave the chopsticks vertically stuck into a bowl of rice because it resembles the ritual of incense-burning that symbolizes "feeding" the dead and death in general.

Here is a short and nice tutorial for you to know the proper way of holding the chopsticks:


Have you ever tried chopsticks? Did you manage to hold them? Tell us about your experience in the commentaries below!


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44 Comments
Iris Ragui
Interesting. I was never successful using chopsticks.
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Jun 14, 2018 8:34PM
Dakota Summers
Many if the same rules apply to forks and other silverware
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Jun 11, 2018 4:38PM
William Miller Jr.
I learned a lot about chopsticks
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May 27, 2018 11:43AM
Linda Spreng
Very informative. I'll have to play with chopsticks at home until I feel proficient.
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May 21, 2018 5:17PM
Dani Smith
An elementary school teacher taught us how to eat with.them. I've since forgotten how.
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May 19, 2018 7:41PM
Joann May
Interesting
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May 18, 2018 8:32PM
Warren Domke
I can't eat Asian food any other way. I learned to use chopsticks in Japan and have used them for Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese or Korean ever since.
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May 18, 2018 7:43PM
Frederico J. Gordo
I have used chopsticks for so many years since I was child. It is better than fork and knife. If you eating Asian food you must use chopsticks.
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May 17, 2018 3:49AM
ninakamwene
Interesting. I have been to China, Korea and Japan and still has not mastered the art of eating with chop sticks. I am Kenyan where we eat by hand, I have finally mastered the art of eating with silver ware as taught by the British. Not the American way, even though I habitate in America. Thank you for a fun trivia Quiz folks. Ha-ha!
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Apr 28, 2018 6:08PM
Mark Ann Dubaz
We lived in Japan for three years. We learned very quickly how to use chopsticks. We sure do miss the great sushi in Japan.
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Apr 15, 2018 9:25PM
Vince Savage
Roy Hill, 'Australia' 117 years since federated colonies became a commonwealth country and that's just about the dumbest remark a citizen has ever said.
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Apr 13, 2018 6:28AM
scottlarock
I was stationed on Okinawa for two years...chop sticks were fun...I don't remember if I learned all those rules, so i guess i didn't...I can still use 'em...
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Mar 29, 2018 6:50PM
BettyMarie Shoaf
Good info
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Mar 28, 2018 5:50PM
Marlen Brown
Jennifer Spinler, I've never heard this. Wouldn't the back of your chopstick be messy when you turn back to the points?
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Feb 27, 2018 12:18PM
Keith Shepard
Have used them all. The Korean stainless steel chopsticks are hard to manage!
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Feb 25, 2018 10:39PM

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