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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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Rich Davis
There are different ways to hold chopsticks and no one of them is the right or wrong way. Spend time in Asia and you’ll see this. My wife holds hers in a crossed fashion and uses them in a scissor motion as do most of her family, while I hold them more as the lady in the video suggests.
Mar 31, 2019 5:13PM
Curt Barto, I agree with you, I do the same thing most of the time too.
Sep 30, 2022 6:24PM
RainingStars, I love your emoji's, especially the Kimono & Bento Box. I was taught how to use chopsticks in a N.Y. Chinese restaurant with the Girl Scouts when I was about the same age.
Sep 30, 2022 6:17PM
My 18-year old daughter, who had usually fought using chopsticks, phoned after eating Chinese food, out with several other students from UC Davis. She said "I'm sure glad you made me use chopsticks at home. I would have felt very out of place if I were the only one who had to eat with a fork!"
Apr 28, 2022 12:46AM
You left me puzzled. I'm dying to see Thai people having SOUP with chopsticks...
Nov 24, 2021 5:13PM
This seems to imply that all the world uses these two utensils. Wonder what percentage of the world uses their hands? This is true in India and other south Asian countries and others as well.
Aug 18, 2019 10:22PM
Patricia Green
Rich Davis, I will be visiting Tokyo next May, so I have time to practice.
Jun 23, 2019 7:51PM
hector tubens
Interesting info
Apr 21, 2019 10:49PM
Dakota Summers
Many if the same rules apply to forks and other silverware
Jun 11, 2018 4:38PM
Linda Spreng
Very informative. I'll have to play with chopsticks at home until I feel proficient.
May 21, 2018 5:17PM
Dani Smith
An elementary school teacher taught us how to eat with.them. I've since forgotten how.
May 19, 2018 7:41PM
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.
May 18, 2018 7:43PM
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!
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.
Apr 15, 2018 9:25PM
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...
Mar 29, 2018 6:50PM

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