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How to Eat with Chopsticks

Chopsticks are a type of dining utensil typically used to eat East Asian cuisine. Though it may seem confusing or complicated at first, eating with chopsticks is fairly easy once you know how to hold and maneuver the sticks properly.

 

Step 1:

 

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Hold your dominant hand loosely. People who clench their chopsticks usually just end up flinging their food all over the place. Place the first chopstick in the valley between your pointer finger and thumb. Balance it on your ring finger.

 

Step 2:

 

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Place the second chopstick in the valley between your pointer finger and thumb along with the first chopstick, but rest this one on your middle finger instead of your ring finger.

 

Step 3:

 

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Use your thumb, pointer and middle fingers to grasp the second chopstick a bit more tightly.

 

Step 4:

The first chopstick (on the bottom) remains more or less stationary. The index and middle fingers do all the heavy lifting with the second chopstick. Let’s have a demonstration. (Our refrigerator was pretty sparse. So it’s not like you need to use chopsticks for this particular task, but it’s going to have to be the grapes).

Using your index and middle fingers to move the top chopstick up and down, open up your chopsticks.

 

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And close them over the food. Remember to keep your hand loose but still maintain good control over that chopstick. You’ll really be tested when picking up heavier pieces of food.

 

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Once you’ve got a good grip, go ahead and pick it up.

 

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And that’s it.

Pretty simple, right?

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