Learn how to hold chopsticks!
Yeah I said it, It’s an obvious tip for sure. But you probably realize how awkward foreigner’s look here when trying to grasp a pair of chopsticks. Either by grabbing it in the middle or constantly shouting profanities while not getting food from the plate to the mouth. Here it can be a pitiable sight when a Korean waitress out of kindness offers you a fork to help you eat your food even when you don’t request the fork.
So here’s our step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Hold your dominant hand loosely. People who clench their chopsticks usually just end up flinging their food all over the place. Place the first chopstick in the valley between your pointer finger and thumb. Balance it on your ring finger.
And that’s it.
Pretty simple, right?
When buying chopsticks, we prefer the sturdy and traditional bamboo versions. Plastic chopsticks can get a bit slippery and food is harder to handle. They also make more ornate bamboo versions these days, if that’s your fancy. Avoid the flimsy disposable ones.