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How to Eat with Chopsticks
About Chinese Chopsticks and their many uses
Learning how to eat with chopsticks is not as difficult as it appears, and like all things in life, practice makes perfect! Follow the simple steps down below and practice regularly, soon you will also be eating like a pro.
Chinese food is often prepared and served in small bite-size pieces, which makes it easy when eating with chopsticks.
How to eat with chopsticks
As you practice, you will develop your "own" technique, and find out what works better for you. There is no right or wrong way really, (my dad might disagree with this statement), but as with holding a pencil, many people do it differently and the goal is to write, with chopsticks, the goal is to get food in your mouth.
That being said, there are some do's and don'ts of eating with chopsticks you need to observe:
About Chinese Chopsticks
Where do Chopsticks come from?It is believed that chopsticks originated in China during the Shang Dynasty more than 3,000 years ago. Many superstitions and traditional beliefs might have been the source for the preference of chopsticks over knives or other utensils. For example,
Other Uses of Chinese Chopsticks:Besides their use at the dinner table, chopsticks can also be used in the kitchen to beat eggs for example, stir and break up noodles, or the longer chopsticks can be used to stir fry or sautéed food, they are quite handy when used as thongs.
Here's more on Chinese Cooking Utensils.
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| How to eat with Chopsticks | Chinese Cooking and its Origins |
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