And we’re not talking on the piano! With the beginning of Chinese/Lunar New Year upon us (it’s the year of the dog), our friends at bd’s Mongolian Grill offer up these expert tips for mastering chopsticks.
Some folks are naturals when it comes to balancing these delicate sticks, but that doesn’t apply to all of us. Like anything, it takes practice. Here are some ways you can up your game when it comes to chopsticks.
- Hold your chopsticks loosely: A big mistakes beginners often make when using chopsticks is holding on far too tightly. Clenching your chopsticks will only result in food everywhere but your mouth.
- Master your form: Have a cool, relaxed grip, placing one chopstick between your pointer finger and thumb, and balancing it on your ring finger. Place the second chopstick between your pointer finger and thumb, but rest this one on your middle finger. Utilize your middle finger to grasp the chopsticks more tightly
- Know which does what: The chopstick resting between your middle and index finger (the top one) does the heavy lifting, while the chopstick resting on your ring finger (the bottom one) is used more for supporting food.
- Don’t make an ‘X’: It is often believed that when holding chopsticks, the ends should cross and make an ‘X’. Although this may look cool, it is not correct. Leave space between the ends of the chopsticks for maximum mobility.