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A Brief History of Chopsticks

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A Brief History of Chopsticks

Throughout history, chopsticks have had a symbiotic relationship with rice, another staple of Asian cuisine. Naturally, eating with chopsticks is better for some types of food than others. At first glance, you'd think rice wouldn't make it, but in Asia, most rice is short- or medium-grain. The starches in these rices create a soft and chewy deli, unlike the fluffy and distinctive grains of western long-grain rice. When chopsticks come together to pick up steaming glutinous rice buns, it's a match made in heaven.



Below is a directory

l What are Chopsticks?

l The history story of chopsticks



What are Chopsticks?


Chopsticks are widely used tableware in Asia, especially China, Korea, Japan and Thailand. They take the form of two sticks and can be made of bone, metal, wood, jade or ivory, depending on the owner and intended use. Used by billions of people, chopsticks may have originated in the Shang Dynasty in China, 1766 to 1122 before ordinary times. Getting this tool right does take some practice, and every culture that uses them has its own traditions and superstitions surrounding cutlery. These should be followed in the culture to avoid faux pas.

There are many types of chopsticks, depending on the country of manufacture and use. As a general rule, all countries that use them make chopsticks of various sizes to fit different hands, as well as communal utensils and extra-large utensils for cooking. The ones used to eat can be very ornamental and are usually personalised to the host, while the communal and culinary types are more modest. Blunt chopsticks are common in most Asian countries, although the Japanese variety is intended for commercial purposes.

The English name comes from the pidgin word "chop", which means "fast". It is derived from the Chinese word for "quick one", kuai-tzu. These sticks are usually held between the thumb and index finger of the right hand, and a complex set of rules govern their use. As a general rule, diners should not play with chopsticks, use them to move plates or bowls, or eat from communal dishes with individual dishes. In addition, it is impolite to strike a plate with chopsticks, and it is unlucky to cross plates, which is a Chinese symbol of death.



The history story of chopsticks


The fabled Yin Ruins in Henan provide not only the earliest Chinese writing, but also the earliest known chopsticks - bronze sleeves found in tombs at the site. Early chopsticks were able to penetrate deep into a pot of boiling water or oil and were mainly used for cooking. It wasn't until 400 AD that people started eating with utensils. This happens when China's population boom consumes resources and forces chefs to adopt cost-saving habits. They start slicing food into smaller pieces, requiring less cooking fuel—and just the right size for holding chopsticks like tweezers.


Knives are more or less outdated as food becomes bite-sized. Their decline—the boom of chopsticks—also benefited from Confucius. As a vegetarian, he believes the sharp cutlery on the table reminds diners of a slaughterhouse. He also believes that the tip of a knife can spark violence and war, stifling the happy, combative emotions that should dominate the meal. Thanks in part to his teachings, the use of chopsticks quickly spread across Asia.


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