How to use chopsticks?

So, you want to know how to eat with chopsticks? Then you are in the right place!

Although many believe that eating with chopsticks took place for the first time in China as part of some cultural development, we at MakeMySushi think it was actually invented by a group of yuppies whose entire goal was making others feel bad about eating with a fork and a knife. Today you will learn how to join them.



Show me your hand

Reach for your right hand. If it looks nothing like the one in the image below - no worries, we are accustomed to these kind of situations.
A right hand
A right hand


Identify the fingers

Identify the fingers shown in the video below (click the "play" button on the top left corner). They will be of great use during this procedure.

Insert first stick

Grab the first chopstick in your hand, and place it in the root of your thumb, and also between fingers B and C - as shown in the video.

Insert second stick

Now pick up the second chopstick, and in a typical Japanese delicacy, place it between your thumb and finger B. It might be confusing at first, but there is no actual contact between the second stick and finger C.


Start chop sticking

Well you're almost there! how does it feel? Alright calm down please, there is still one more thing left to do. Gently but firmly, tilt finger B to create a slight movement of the upper stick towards the lower stick until you gain contact, and then retreat. pretty groovy heh?



This is it, you are now one of those yuppies we talked about. Go on and impress somebody close to you with your new skills. If you think you are really good at this, try and grab a single piece of rice with your chopsticks. Got it on the first attemp? You must be a natural born chopsticks user.



+1 # Eva 2013-08-06 21:37
Haha! Maybe I will learn how to use chopsticks and then use them when Im with my sister...I guess she would get huge eyes. It would be cool to impress some people. But there are no videoes here...
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+1 # Amy 2013-06-23 15:16
I eat with chopsticks a lot. I first learned how to use them in high school. I don't eat very many Japanese foods but I do use the chopsticks for a lot of the noodles I eat. In fact, because I use the chopsticks so much, using a fork to eat the noodles has become a challenge for me, haha.
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+3 # Ronnie 2010-10-18 03:54
there is no videos
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+7 # sony 2010-08-25 00:41
no! try to catch a fly! like in karate kid
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+19 # sushilover! 2010-06-28 02:09
i can't see the videos!!
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