How to Eat With Chopsticks

By Candace Nelson - 8:00 AM

Just as an FYI for those who love Asian food as much as I do. For more information, click here or here or here. The above is a more authentic, traditional way, while the bottom figures are a little easier for beginners. (Thanks for point it out, folks!)

Hold one chopstick between your thumb and middle finger. Position the chopstick so that it lies at the base of your thumb (on the joint) and at the lower joint of the middle finger. This chopstick shouldn't touch the forefinger.

Place the other chopstick between your thumb and forefinger. The side of the chopstick should rest against the tip of your thumb; the top of the chopstick should rest against the pad of your forefinger. Be sure the tips of the chopsticks are parallel.

Keep the first chopstick stationary as you practice moving the second chopstick toward the stationary one.

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  1. I am sorry but this is not right way... You actually use thumb, forefinger and middle finger to hold one of the chopsticks and then ringfinger and thumb's base for the other one.
    I think all the native chopstick users use same way except those people who wasn't taught right by their parent. There are many of them actually. but I use it in perfect way because my mom was so annoying like that lol btw I am Japanese and am a huge fan of your blog :) I live in Morgantown too. haha

    here's a link. its in Japanese but you can check out the pictures. "4a" is the right way and others are the wrong ways some people do.

  2. oh and I found this on youtube. it might be easier for you.

    How to Use Chopsticks Correctly - Chopsticks Tips Video

    1. There are a ton of ways to do it! They all seem very similar, too. It's interesting to know that there is a "perfect" way to do it. I feel like it's similar to writing - everybody holds their pencils slightly differently. But it's awesome to see the authentic way. Thanks for adding!

      That video was perfect, by the way - totally easy to understand and informative. Thanks!


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