Are you having trouble using chopsticks? Do you feel like a novice every time you try to use them? You’re not alone. Many people struggle with this particular utensil, but with a little practice, you can master this simple utensil. In this article, we will teach you how to use chopsticks with these few tips.

1. The first step in learning how to use chopsticks is ensuring that your utensils are clean. Washing your sticks with soap and rinsing them thoroughly before the first use is advised. Keep in mind that some wooden sticks are finished with, or painted over, which can strip off during washing if not properly removed. Dishwasher-safe chopsticks do exist but it is still recommended to wash them manually without dishwashing liquids.

2. The proper grip when using chopsticks is generally with the lower chopstick between your thumb and index finger, with the top one resting on your ring finger or pinky, while keeping each stick balanced on its respective side of your middle finger. The lower chopstick should have a grip on it more firmly than the upper one. 

3. Make sure to grip your chopsticks at their midpoint, as this prevents you from dropping them due to the added weight of food and allows for a stronger and more durable grasp. When using chopsticks, it is also good practice not to let them rub together excessively as this indicates that they are poorly made or cheap.

4. When adding food to your bowl, it’s best to use the upper chopstick to grip the food with your thumb and index finger. Then carefully slide the lower chopstick out from beneath it before placing your food on top of your bowl or in another dish. This process ensures that you won’t drop anything into your meal while using the chopsticks.

5. After taking a bite of food, it’s okay to use both chopsticks together for a brief moment to get the piece of food securely fastened on top of your lower chopstick before using one stick at a time once more. This process will help you avoid dropping anything into your meal while eating and makes sure that your chopsticks don’t become too entangled.

6. While using chopsticks, never stick them upright in your food or pass them to someone over a communal dish. These are both seen as rude gestures and may even get you some strange looks from people around you.

7. Finally, if you’re having trouble keeping your food on top of your sticks during use, try lightly tapping the top of your lower chopstick to push it down against the table every so often. This will help the food move freely along the length of your chopsticks.

Visual on How to use Chopsticks

You don’t need to actually go to an Asian or Chinese restaurant you could practice in your home just before you step out. This saves you a great deal of feeling embarrassed or your food being scattered all over the table, creating a mess. But if you intend on going to a restaurant to try this out, there are some restaurants that have been listed by Tripadvisor here: for you and you can also make your reservation to your preferred restaurant on our platform through the link:

So there you have it, the complete guide to using chopsticks. It may seem daunting at first, but with a little practice you’ll be wielding those chopsticks like a pro in no time. And once you get the hang of it, you can start impressing your friends and family with your newfound skills. Just in case, you still find it difficult to use a Chopstick, you can stick to using your fork, no one’s going to judge you. Happy eating.