Japanese chopsticks

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Japanese chopsticks ideal for enjoying a ramen

Chopsticks, also called hashi in Japanese, are the cutlery par excellence in Asian countries. Their origin dates back to between 1600 and 1200 BC, in China. Basically used as japanese kitchenware utensils or for the maintenance of the fire, chopsticks make a place at the table when China is experiencing an economic crisis. Iron cutlery had become too expensive, so the population began to make wooden chopsticks, which were much more affordable. Over time, the use of the chopstick became popular in Asian countries and its shape adapted to the culture of each country. In Japan, the shape of chopsticks is short (about 20cm) and the end used to catch food is pointed, unlike other Asian chopsticks.

If for some of us Europeans, handling this cutlery is an inexplicable feat, others manage to handle Japanese chopsticks with great dexterity. Once you get the hang of it, there is a whole world of doable and varied actions available to you. With your simple pair of chopsticks, you will be able to cut, mix, roll, drain and separate your food. Our shop offers Japanese chopsticks in lacquered wood with a sober design, others with worked handles or chopsticks decorated with Japanese motifs. To complete your Japanese dish service or to offer to friends, you have the possibility to buy our Japanese chopsticks in the form of a box with 5 pairs of chopsticks.

Cultural rules to respect when eating with Japanese chopsticks

To eat with Japanese chopsticks, you have to grasp the food delicately and then bring it to your mouth. In no case are chopsticks used to push or prick food. You should never plant your chopsticks vertically in your bowl of rice, nor pass food to someone from chopsticks to chopsticks and even less cross their chopsticks. All these gestures are reserved for the worship of the dead and the ancestors in Buddhism. Making these gestures at the table would then be a sign of bad omen or of misfortune. You wouldn't want to set up a funeral atmosphere at the table, though.

Chopsticks are only used for eating, so other gestures should be avoided such as licking them, using them with a toothpick, drawing with them or even flying over dishes with their chopsticks without deciding what to take. To avoid sounding rude, stick to these customs of Japanese cuisine. Now that you have these few main rules in mind, you can go and enjoy a good ramen in the rules of Japanese culinary art. Do you have a sushi night planned? So repack your stainless steel forks and disposable chopsticks to replace them with a nice pair of Japanese chopsticks that will last over time. This utensil with a pointed end is very practical for searing your noodles, ravioli or maki. Add a little wasabi, soy sauce, and you're transported to a Japanese restaurant, right in the center of Tokyo.