Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chopstick Etiquette????

Having dinner with friends, family, and even co-workers? Gone are the time of the boring sit-down restaurants (translation - chicken and green beans - blah!), and enter into the world of sushi fusion! Who would have thought?!

Now, we love etiquette, and we love sushi! Let's combine the 2! Sushi etiquette? Chopstick etiquette? We have all heard 'Fork to the left of the plate, knife to the right of the plate,' but what about chopsticks?

Holding chopsticks:

1. Rest the lower chopstick on your ring finger, supporting it in the V of the thumb and forefinger.
2. Hold the upper chopstick like a pencil, between the middle and index finger and anchored with the thumb.
3. Make sure chopsticks are even.
4. When you are picking up food, the lower chopstick remains still as the upper chopstick pivots, with your thumb as the axis.

Need a little practice? Our director, Shelly Marie, gives this tip during her etiquette talks to sororities...

'Order 1-2 fruit trays with melons, cantaloupe, pineapple, and strawberries. Gather your sisters and practice with the fruit!'

Chopstick Etiquette:

1. Once your chopsticks have touched a piece of food, take it (no double dipping with your chopsticks).
2. Bite in half any dumplings; hold the piece firmly in your chopsticks as you bite.
3. Do raise your rice bowl to a point under your chin when eating rice (unless in Korea - typically where all dishes are on the table).
4. Do rest your used chopsticks on your plate or chopstick rest, not on the table.
5. Don't pour sauce over food, use your chopsticks to dip a piece of food in the sauce and bring to your mouth.

**Taken from Real World Etiquette and How to be a Classy Sorority Lady in the 21st Century.

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