Chopsticks

Chopsticks are just two small sticks, but some people can use them to eat all kinds of food. Do you think that is incredible? The picture at the top right corner shows you how to use chopsticks.

Most of Chinese people use chopsticks while American people use spoons, forks and knives.

When I was little, I thought chopsticks were hard to use. I used to use spoons until I went to elementary school. My mom said that it was unusual that as a Chinese I could not use chopsticks. So she started making me use chopsticks from then on.

My mom told me that the way to hold chopsticks was basically like the way to hold a pencil. But I could not even use a pencil properly when I was in first grade, not to mention a pair of chopsticks. That meant I had to hold two pencils simultaneously. Traditional Asian food is usually cut into tiny pieces so it would cook faster, but that also makes it hard to clip or grasp those small food pieces using chopsticks.

After a long time of practice, I finally found out how to use chopsticks. It is undeniable that chopsticks are the best eating utensils for most of Asian food like noodles, dumplings, wontons, sushi, sashimi, and even some American foods. Basically you can use chopsticks to eat all kinds of Asian foods, except soup and porridge.

But I have to say that I can hardly use forks and knives at the same time. I feel belabored when I try to cut the food that is too big in size. Fortunately schools here provide spoons for meals. Since I have been using spoons since I was a little kid, I feel comfortable eating with them at school.

I hope I can figure out how to feel comfortable using forks and knives one day. I want to learn to use all these main world eating utensils: Chinese and American. That sounds skillful, doesn’t it?