Chopsticks - Should We Try a Pair?

Chopsticks, Kuaizi in Chinese (Pinyin) have been used in China and other countries for thousands of years. Today they are available in many countries around the world, in public restaurants or at private homes, although they are more popular in some regions than others.

A pair of sticks is maneuvered usally in the right hand, between the thumb and fingers. People sometimes wonder how it is possible to pick up meat balls, fish balls, or even escargots by a pair of sticks. The fact is those sticks are up to the task and can be used to effectively pick up almost everything if you are skilled enough to do that.

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As eating utensils, like forks and knives, chopsticks are supposed to be used according to certain etiquette. To properly use the chopsticks, there are rules of etiquette to follow. In general, they are used for picking up pieces of food, or preparing and mixing food, or in some cases, for cooking. There are rules to follow in almost everything we are doing, but we have the freedom to choose what works the best for us and for the food we are eating. If you think the spoon is the most effetive utensil for the meal, use the spoon. For people who grow up using chopsticks, like their native languages, they do not always remember how they learned the task. One, who has never touched chopsticks, can learn to use chopsticks within a few days or a few weeks. Practice is all it takes, and practice the right way.

Round or square, long or shot, and with a blunt or a pointed end, chopsticks are of different sizes, styes and designs, Chopsticks are made from a variety of materials ranging from bamboo to plastic, from metal to many types of wood. There are also chopsticks specially made for occations, children or travel. Some are truly a work of art. Chopsticks can make excellent gifts as they can be a topic around the dinner table, or valuable collection items.