Most Americans have probably consumed sushi or ramen at one point in their lives, but how many of them know how to properly hold chopsticks? According to statista.com, 67% of Americans struggle with chopsticks. An easy solution would be to stick a fork in it, but then the full experience of eating asian cuisines become lost.
Foreigners would often be forgiven for their lack of chopstick proficiency, but surprisingly only 30% of Japanese correctly utilizes chopsticks. So looking at the chart below, could you identify the right way to hold them?
If you chose number 6, then you are absolutely correct. Here is a demonstration of good chopstick etiquette, so be sure to practice when dining out for ramen.
Now that you've completed our chopstick 101 course, it’s time to train our young children with our T-Rex Chopsticks. When introducing this to my son, he had more fun playing with it like a toy than actually using it as a utensil. As with most training chopsticks, the base is spring loaded, but the cool thing is that this one opens up the T-Rex mouth when squeezed.
I showed these to my colleagues and one of them jokingly asked me if this would help her with her terrible chopstick abilities. That’s when I realized that the mouth could act as secondary way to grab food. Whichever way anybody decides to use these, it’s definitely a fun item to have at the family dinner table. Whatever gets my son to sit down and eat is always a bonus.