After years of visiting my favorite hibachi and sushi restaurants, I’ve discovered the horrifying truth: I’ve been making one HUGE mistake when it comes to using chopsticks.
I’ll never forget the first time I successfully used Chopsticks. It was almost as if it were a right of passage to becoming a well-educated and cultured adult.
Chopsticks were developed almost 5,000 years ago in China. The earliest versions were most likely twigs used to retrieve food from cooking pots– and we’ve come a long way since then!
Today, Chopsticks are the eating utensils of choice in the greater majority of Asia.
Here in America, most of our chopsticks come prepackaged and look something like this:
And if you’re anything like me, opening up that cutely-packaged little set of chopsticks is one of the first things you do when you get to your favorite restaraunt.
Here’s where the mind-blowing truth comes in: If you’ve grown accustomed to tearing the chopsticks apart and rubbing them together to get the splinters out: STOP! You’re doing it all wrong!
As it turns out, that little “tab” if you will, at the end of your chopsticks actually serves a purpose!
That formerly deemed “unnecessary” and “splinter-inducing” tab at the end of your chopsticks is meant to be broken off:
Once separated, that little tab becomes a holder for your chopsticks:
That little tab was designed to help keep chopsticks sanitary. It’s as if my whole life is a lie!
Can you say, *MIND BLOWING?!* I can’t believe it’s taken me 30 years to learn the real way to use chopsticks!
Have you been using chopsticks the wrong way?
Real friends don’t let friends use chopsticks the wrong way. Please save them the embarrassment and share!