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The typical Chinese tableware: Chopsticks

Chopsticks are pairs of equal length sticks that have been used as the traditional ancient kitchen and eating utensils in virtually all of East Asia for over six thousand years.

Chopsticks were invented in ancient China as early as the Shang dynasty (1766-1122 BCE) and  even earlier during the Xia dynasty. In the late Shang Dynasty, the King Zhou ordered his craftsmen to make chopsticks from elephants’ teeth, which was seen to be the most luxurious in the early history of Chinese food culture.

Chopsticks, is a huge step from grabbing food by hands to using tableware, so Chinese ancestors featured the coming of civilization to                                                                                       food culture.

Chinese are familiar with using chopsticks. Many foreigners are interested in but also puzzled about how to use it.

To use chopsticks, the lower chopstick is stationary, and rests at the base of the thumb, and between the ring finger and middle finger. The second chopstick is held like a pencil, using the tips of the thumb, index finger, and middle finger, and it is moved while eating, to pull food into the grasp of the chopsticks.

Here is some personal tips:

  1. you need to hold the upper part and please don’t cross it.
  2. use your index finger and middle finger to control the sticks when you are picking vegetable or meat in the dish.

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An advertising major student who works in Chinese restaurant for three years.