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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Kirk Tanaka
Great information for those who don't know.
Dec 20, 2017 4:50PM
Ian Robert Sked
Now I know
Dec 20, 2017 5:32PM
This was a very thorough, well-presented, and fully informative piece -- rare for this website -- right down to the video. Well done, author!
Dec 20, 2017 7:04PM
Curt Barto
We always carry the style of chopsticks that we like in the glove box of both of our vehicles. Can't always find ethnic restaurants in which to use them however. They're so simple to use, I prefer them to conventional hardware .
Dec 20, 2017 11:59PM
John Barnes
Well I figured out what my problem was. I’m naturally left-handed buddy right-handed and have always tried to use chopsticks with my right hand and that was my problem I needed to use the correct hand(left)
Dec 21, 2017 1:07AM
Shelley Rose
Still looks a tad fiddly to me but I will give it a go.
Dec 21, 2017 1:58AM
Cynthia Campbell
the video was a great help!
Dec 21, 2017 12:59PM
Carl Rosignol
Over Orient, but never heard the proper. Improper rule for use
Dec 21, 2017 5:00PM
Jennifer Spinler
Also, don't take food from table bowl with your chopsticks, point first. Reverse chopsticks, take from serving dish, place food on plate, realign chopsticks then eat.
Dec 21, 2017 6:28PM
Roy Hill
China: 2000 years of "civilization" and the best they could come out with as eating utensils are two pieces of stick.
Dec 21, 2017 8:01PM
Charles Peber
Most western fare has large pieces of meat that has to be cut to eat it, while Oriental food is cut into bite size pieces before cooking making it easier to eat with chopsticks.
Dec 22, 2017 9:28AM
Lucette Rouleau
Great video, have used chopstick several time at Chinese restaurants and it was great.
Dec 24, 2017 2:16PM
Romy Romero
Great informations,thank you for doing it
Dec 25, 2017 8:41PM
John Robinson
I play chopsticks on piano
Jan 14, 2018 12:07PM
Very good information, but I would like to know how you use chopsticks to eat soup.
Jan 24, 2018 8:56PM

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