“Japanese and Korean Food” as soon as you hear this words there are a lot of things that come across your mind for example sushi, bento box, sashimi. Yes these dishes are delicious but there is one more element that strikes you that is “Chopsticks”. A table consisting of Japanese and Korean food is not complete without a set of Chopsticks kept on every plate. The Chopsticks are just not a part of the cutlery but they hold a very significant role in the table manners. The use of chopsticks has a certain rule or you can say the tradition is followed since years when it comes to using chopsticks.
So when you are eating with Japanese and Korean people the rules given below will help you to maintain the authenticity of their tradition and also keep up with their culture.
1. Hold your chopsticks correctly
It may look easy that you just have to hold a set of sticks in your hand but this requires a lot of practice. There is a specific manner to hold the chopsticks. If you don’t have a place to practice do not worry. You can come to Origami restaurants and have a taste of authentic Japanese and Korean food and then you can practice while eating our delicacies
2. Use your plate
When the dishes are served, never make the mistake of dipping your chopsticks in the serving bowl. First put the food in your own plate using chopsticks and then have it. This shows that you are mannered and it also redirects that you maintain a proper etiquette.
3. The chopstick holder
This is a custom that is followed from years. Always make it a habit to place your chopsticks on your chopstick holder. The plate is for the food to be dined on and not for the chopsticks to be placed. The chopstick holder is significantly made for the purpose of placing them. It shows that you respect the culture and have a proper sense about their dining etiquettes.
4. Don’t browse with your chopsticks
Don’t hover your chopsticks over all the dishes when thinking what you want. This is considered greedy.
5. Don’t pass your food with chopsticks
Never share food by passing from chopsticks to chopsticks because this resembles a custom at Japanese funerals when cremated bones are ceremoniously transfered to the urn. This being not a good sign it is to be made sure that you don’t pass your food with chopsticks.
6. Not a toy
Chopsticks are to be respected as much as you respect the food. Never play or fidget or use them as an elemental fun sticks. The Japanese people are very particular about their cutlery and playing with chopsticks shows a sign of disrespect.
So next time when you are eating with the Japanese and Korean people our guided 6 points are the one to be remembered. And if you want to experience the authentic and traditional food from Korean and Japan visit Origami restaurants and get to know more about the Chopstick saga.