How To Eat Rice With Chopsticks Properly?

How To Eat Rice With Chopsticks

Today, in this blog, you will learn how to use chopsticks to eat rice with some techniques as well as different methods for eating.

People have their lifestyles, culture, tradition as well as eating habits that are distinct from each other. These vary from one region to another. In a kitchen, various utensils are used for cooking, which are made of either steel or wood. However, utensils used for cooking are different from the ones used for eating.

In many places or countries, individuals prefer to eat food with the help of a spoon and fork, with their hands, or using chopsticks.

What are Chopsticks?

They are a pair of sticks which are mainly used for eating food. This technique is widespread in certain parts of the world, particularly, in the South Asian regions.

People in these regions use chopsticks when eating foods by lifting the food with a pair of eating sticks toward the mouth. They are better than eating with a spoon and fork because they are lightweight. In addition to eating, chopsticks can be used for mixing, blending, and holding.

Chopsticks are known to have been originated in China. After that various Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries have adopted the method of eating rice and various foods with chopsticks.

Types of Chopsticks

There are three types of chopsticks, which are given below:-

A.) Japanese chopsticks:- These are pointed and shorter than Chinese chopsticks. Japanese consume fish in large amounts, so these pointed chopsticks help to remove the bones from the fish.

B.) Chinese chopsticks:- These sticks are blunt with no sharp points and longer than other eating sticks. Chinese chopsticks are commonly made of wood, bamboo, metal, etc. You can easily grab any food such as sushi, noodles, salad, etc. because these are non-slippery.

C.) Korean chopsticks:- They are medium-sized chopsticks. These eating sticks are made of metal, which increases durability compared to plastic and wooden chopsticks.

How To Eat Rice With the Help of Chopsticks?

By knowing some techniques, you can learn how to hold chopsticks, and you will be able to eat rice and other dishes with the help of chopsticks. These are explained in detail here:-

1.) Technique to Hold Chopsticks
2.) How You Can Eat Rice With the Help of Chopsticks

1) Technique to Hold Chopsticks:-

  • Use your hand by which you eat food. Many people use their right hand, while others use their left hand to eat.
  • Firstly, grasp one chopstick like a pen or pencil. It can be held using your index and middle fingers and thumb. However, the chopstick should not be held from the lower side, instead, it should be held slightly from the middle.
  • Now, it is time to put the second chopstick between the base of your thumb and forefinger. Little pressure is required to make the grip.
  • After placing the chopsticks, now it is time to practice. Bend your ring finger and rest the second chopstick on your ring finger.
  • Now try to open and close both chopsticks simultaneously. However, the bottom part of the second chopstick should not move, and it will remain tucked on your ring finger.
  • Keep practicing these steps to get a good grasp on the chopsticks. You can try by holding any small thing that imitates chopsticks and eating your delicious food.

Notes: All kinds of chopsticks have the same technique to be held in the hand when eating food.

2) How You Can Eat Rice With the Help of Chopsticks:-

Rice can be difficult to eat with the help of chopsticks. But, through practice, you can be skilled at this. There are two most popular methods to eat rice with chopsticks, these are as follows:-

a.) Shovel Method:-

As its name suggests, it is an impolite way to eat rice. In formal meetings, it can be an unpleasant situation. It can be an option for those who are not perfect and have difficulty eating rice using chopsticks.

In Japanese culture, the shovel method is used for eating fried rice. It is especially suitable for eating rice which is not sticky because it is like shoveling the rice into the mouth. The steps for this method are given below:-

  • First, make the grip of chopsticks, and you do not need to be perfect.
  • Hold the rice bowl towards your face, not toward your lips.
  • Now push the rice with chopsticks to scoop into your mouth.

b.) Clump Method:

The clump method is commonly used to eat sticky rice. It is an easy way to hold the clump of rice, and it can be done in the following way:-

  • Hold the chopsticks as explained in the above-mentioned technique section.
  • Open the chopsticks, then press and make the clump of rice.
  • Now pick the clump of rice by applying gentle pressure between the chopsticks.

Things to Keep in Mind:-

  • Never keep chopsticks in an X (cross) or vertical position because it is considered disrespectful in some Asian countries.
  • After finishing your meal, put the chopsticks back in the horizontal position.
  • Do not flutter or suspend the chopsticks in the air while eating.
  • If you want to take a break from your meal, then the chopsticks should be kept on the right side of your plate.
  • Never point with chopsticks to other people or dishes because it is regarded as impolite behavior.


In conclusion, before visiting Chinese or other Asian restaurants, you do not need to worry about handling the chopsticks. Sometimes, it becomes quite embarrassing if you do not know how to eat with chopsticks.

After reading this blog, I hope you learned about the techniques to hold chopsticks and how you can eat rice or any other food with the help of different types of chopsticks.

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