I remember when I first took that pair of tapered sticks of equal length in my hands, I sat wondering on the table about them. Many queries clouded up in my mind about them, and I was very interested in their usage methodology. But the next thing what I wanted to know was what were they called? My query answered by my uncle, who resides in China and who also was sitting beside me on dining. He told me they are called chopsticks and are known as Kui-zui in China where they first cropped up. He also told me the English translated version of that word, which means quick little fellows. I also said that the pair of the sticks is contrived in one hand, between the thumb and the fingers are using for picking up pieces of food, mainly noodles and rice. After that, our conversation about chopsticks disrupted by the awaited guests but the curiosity of knowing more about the chopsticks became more intense. The consequent actions resulted in the compilation of data about chopsticks which I would like to share with all of you.
Chopsticks are rectangular-shaped sticks with blunt tips and have an average size of around 9 to 10 inches long. The materials used to make them can range from bamboo to wood, plastic to silver, aluminium or porcelain. Depending on the material they are made up of they can be reused or discarded. They are also available in coloured designs and patterns. Still, it is advisable to avoid using them as it has many harmful and toxic elements like lead and benzene, which can be hazardous for health.
There are many beliefs encompassing chopsticks. Some of them include warning of bad luck when the sticks happen to fall. Also, it believed that using a pair of chopsticks aids in perking up your memory, provides you with additional agility to your fingers which will prove extremely beneficial if you are a learner of painting. There are many more, but I found it less enjoyable to dive into the depth of this spectrum.
The right way of holding the chopsticks insists holding the upper chopstick with the help of your thumb, the index finger and the middle finger while positioning the other between the tip of your ring finger and the underside of your thumb. Try maneuvering and picking up food pieces then after, keeping in mind that the bottom chopstick should be stationary and the top should be in movement.
In precise words, the critical rule behind using chopsticks is that your thumb should operate as a hinge and the chopstick as a spin around. However, using chopsticks is no less than art, so the only practice can make you perfect. Get going!
There are many other rules of etiquette concerning the correct use of chopsticks apart from the way of using them. These comprise of not sticking those sticks on food and picking them up and using them instead. Also not to gesticulate the chopsticks over the menu and abstain from sucking chopsticks, picking up the bowl with the hand in which you are holding your chopsticks, as well as transiting food using your pair of chopsticks to plate of somebody else’s. In traditional culture, all these activities are considered as bad manners. Also, after the chopsticks are used to store them back in the same bag and don’t forget to fold it in half. The folded bag entails that the chopsticks have been used. If the chopsticks are reusable, make sure that you dry them thoroughly and then store them to shun bacteria growing on the surface of the chopstick.
I expect that you must have enjoyed the information I shared with all of you about chopsticks. Hope it helps you while using the same. But yes, keep on practising to be a right chopstick user.