There is some debate about exactly when chopsticks were invented. Some say it was over 2000 years ago during China’s Han Dynasty. Some say it’s even more than double that, beginning over 4000 years ago during the Shan Dynasty. Regardless of exactly when they were invented, chopsticks have been the most common utensil in East Asia for thousands of years. Though they can be used differently country to country, they are almost always used to prepare food as well as eat it. Although the invention is credited to China, it was Japan that first produced disposable chopsticks back in the 19th Century. You can use chopsticks in a variety of ways; we’ll show you the basics of holding and eating with chopsticks.

 

1. What Kind of Chopstick is the Best for Beginners?

Chopsticks can be made from any type of material. They can also come in all shapes and sizes. For example, Korean chopsticks tend to be flat and metal, making them difficult for beginners to use. Ideally, you should start with bamboo or wood chopsticks. Even plastic chopsticks can be a bit tricky as they tend to be quite slippery.

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