Use of chopsticks in Vietnam

While fork, spoon and knife are must at dinning table in most of countries all over the world, chopsticks are could not be missed to have meal in some Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam… You may have used this kind of eating utensil or seen them on television. Vietnamese people eat and cook most of foods by chopsticks: steamed rice, noodles, cakes. Vietnamese people find easy to eat steamed rice served in a rice bowls, noodles served in soup bowls, cakes served in plates with chopsticks. Chopsticks plays an important role in traditional Vietnamese culture.  Chopsticks are not only eating utensils, but also essence of the country.

Invented over 2000 years ago, chopsticks are shaped pairs of equal-length sticks. Chopsticks can be made from metal (gold, silver, stainless steel…), plastic, wood, bamboo and painted and decorated dedicatedly. They are about 25 cm long and 0.5 cm thick. Chopsticks used for cooking are longer and thicker so that they help cook to prevent overheating her hands from the stove.

Children are taught to tuck in their foods by chopsticks since they are young and no Vietnamese could not use chopsticks which are things they must use every day. On your trip to Vietnam, you will be served a lot of delicious foods with chopsticks. As a foreigner coming to Vietnam, it is very interesting to learn how to use chopsticks to tuck in Vietnamese foods. To use chopsticks, the lower chopstick is stationary, and rests at the base of the thumb, and between the ring finger and middle finger. The second chopstick is held like a pencil, using the tips of the thumb, index finger, and middle finger, and it is moved while eating, to pull food into the grasp of the chopsticks.

A beautifully decorated pair of chopsticks will be a good gift from Vietnam. These chopsticks are often wrapped carefully in box and tied together with a bow. You can buy them easily in souvenir shops in most major destinations.

Longer and thicker chopstick are used for cooking (stirring, mixing, tasting).

Eating Cow Cake (Banh Bo) – a delicious traditional Vietnamese sweet cake with chopsticks.

 

Crab rice noodle soup – one of the most popular dish in Vietnam is served with chopsticks and spoon. Vietnamese people use chopsticks to eat rice noodles, toppings and spoon to eat broth.

 

A pair of wooden chopsticks are painted black.

Vietnamese First Birthday Tradition

Chopsticks are arranged on table at important events such as wedding, death anniversarry, birthday party.

 

I am learning how to eat with chopsticks in Vietnam, I am so excited…

It isn’t difficult to eat with chopsticks, these noodles are a little long, ha ha

Putting vegetables and herbs into bowl of Hue beef noodle soup with chopsticks is the first step to eat this kind of yummy food.

 

 

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