When you visit your favorite Asian restaurant, you probably notice there’s something different about the utensils on the table. Chopsticks are commonly used to eat everything from sushi rolls to Pad Thai. Many diners find chopsticks challenging, but they can be mastered with a little practice. Once you’ve perfected your technique, you can use chopsticks to enjoy delicious noodles, meat, seafood, and even rice.
Bangkok Chef, a popular Asian restaurant in Honolulu, HI, advises all guests to try using chopsticks to get the full experience of enjoying their authentic Thai food. These tips can help you get started.
1. Start With One Chopstick
When you are first learning to eat with chopsticks, begin by holding just one. This will become the top chopstick and should be held like a pencil; delicately balanced between the index and middle finger of your right hand, with your thumb offering support. The narrow end should face away from you and the wide end should close to you.
2. Hold the Second Chopstick Under the First
After your first chopstick is securely in position, hold the second one so it lies between your middle and ring finger. The top of the second chopstick should fit neatly in the small curve between your thumb and index finger.
3. Anchor the Chopsticks in Place
Once you are holding both chopsticks, increase your grip by securely anchoring the top chopstick between your index and middle fingers, and your bottom chopstick through your middle and ring fingers. Your thumb should lie flat against both chopsticks, only placing slight pressure on either one for stability.
4. Use Your Middle Finger to Move Them
By maneuvering your middle finger, you should be able to open and close your chopsticks with ease. It can take some practice to master this movement, but once you do, you will be able to pick up food with nearly any set of chopsticks.
Practice using chopsticks by eating with them! Visit a local restaurant that serves Asian cuisine for some real-life practice—and ask your server to take away your fork. If you order takeout from an Asian restaurant, they will include disposable chopsticks you can use at home.
If you would like to give eating Asian food with chopsticks a try tonight, enjoy a delicious meal from Bangkok Chef. Stop by one of their locations throughout Honolulu or order takeout by calling (808) 585-8839. To view their menu and list of locations, visit their website today.