Chopsticks are an omnipresent cultural phenomenon in Asia and the trend has expanded across the globe. When we delve into history, the chopsticks were not the primary instrument and cutlery used by Asians. The spoons were the first common cutlery used. Chopsticks were later introduced as an easy tool to pick up vegetables and meat in various soups and stews. As wheat and its advent grew across Asia, this led to the rise of noodles and dumpling like foods that increased chopstick usage. This trend was further fortified when many parts of Asia were exposed to rice and it was seen that rice can be eaten in clumps, which the chopsticks greatly aided.
However, it is important to note that not every region of Asia uses their chopsticks in the same way.
Vietnam has very similar chopsticks to China, Nepal also follows this path just that these chopsticks are shorter in length
One chopstick is your stable guide, the other one is free to move. Hold the free one like a pencil and move it around. Chopsticks are used even as a cooking tool today, especially in Japanese cuisines to make intricate technically folded omelets, scrambles or even for tossing noodles and vegetables. Skilled chefs find this very useful.
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