Kitchen Tips

How to Hold and Use Chopsticks

If you’re preparing a meal centered on Asian food, then you will most probably have a couple of chopsticks on the dining table. After all, the Asian cuisine experience is only ever complete when noodles are picked up by a pair of chopsticks. Some swear that Asian food even tastes better that way, but you can try it yourself, instead of giving up on chopsticks, and reaching for the fork.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to hold and use chopsticks:

Picking up the chopstick:

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Use your middle finger and thumb to pick up the chopstick. Stiffen your hand for a firm grip. Have the broad end of the chopstick lay in the intersection of your thumb and pointer finger. It’s similar to how you hold a pen, but a bit lower.

Gripping the chopstick:

How to Hold and Use Chopsticks

Place your thumb over the side of the second chopstick, so it rests above the first. Adjust your grip to a more comfortable position. Make sure the narrow tips of the chopsticks are even with each other to help prevent them from crossing.

Opening and closing the chopstick:


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Make sure the broad ends of the chopsticks do not make an “X” as this will make it difficult to pick up food. Move your hand up and down the chopsticks, experimenting with levels of grip.

Picking up food:

How to Hold and Use Chopsticks

Working from a 45° angle may be easiest at first. Once you have it steady, lift up the food. If it feels unstable, put the chopsticks down and try again.

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