Chopsticks can be tricky to manage at first. For beginners, it’s most important to get chopsticks to be functional; you can always refine your technique as time goes on. But as with all things concerning Japanese cuisine, there is a sophisticated etiquette to using chopsticks that you’ll want to master.
- Traditionally the right hand is used, even by lefties. Place the first chopstick between your index finger and thumb. The top of the chopstick should extend only slightly beyond your hand. Balance the end on your ring (4th) finger.
- Place the second chopstick on top of the first chopstick, but rest this one on your middle (3rd) finger. You can combine these first two steps and just position the sticks on top of each other once you know what you’re doing.
- The bottom chopstick remains stationary. The index and middle fingers do all the heavy lifting with the top chopstick.
- Open up your chopsticks and close them around pieces of food, then raise them to your mouth. If you are eating something like rice or noodles, it is permitted to “scoop” the food, raising the bowl closer to your mouth to do so.
- Never “spear” your food – it is considered rude. Also, avoid using chopsticks to help yourself to communal dishes. You’ll notice that a serving utensil will always be provided.
- Use a chopstick rest when you put your chopsticks down. If you are setting them on a plate, they should be together, the tips pointing left.
- Don’t rub your chopsticks together before use as if you are starting a fire. Non-Asian people often do this, but it is insulting and (usually) unnecessary.
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