I don't know about you, but when I first started eating sushi, I struggled. Life seemed so simple with a fork and a spoon, and being from the Balkans, holding chopsticks is certainly not our forte. But the beautiful thing about London, is the infusion of worldwide cuisines that our taste-buds can relish.
So let's get to the nitty-gritty, and explain how to excel in holding chopsticks. The trick is to cradle the bottom chopstick between your thumb, and the other with your index finger, thus allowing you to move the top chopstick up and down like a lever. It's that simple! But until you master it, this can be a painful headache. I would suggest you get to grips with using chopsticks, as it can really affect your brand image with friends, work colleagues, and even your girlfriend/wife. Knowing how to hold chopsticks validates your status as cool, hip, and trendy. It just feels classic, appetising, and nostalgic rolled in one. I mean sushi with a fork is not the same as sushi with chopsticks, it's just not in sync with the hip.
On another note, here's some fun facts about chopsticks:
They have been used for roughly 4000 years, yes that's 40 centuries.
Using chopsticks takes a lot of effort - from 30 joints, and 50 muscles in the fingers, wrist, arm, and shoulder, as well as thousands of nerves - so you could say it's a workout.
There's actually a fear of chopsticks called "Consecotaleophobia"
Finally, chopsticks vary in size, in Japan they are shorter to those compared with in China.
If you ever need help, you can always ask our staff for tips, as we're always happy to help. We may even start a course in "how to use chopsticks" here at Sanjugo - admission is free of course :)
To conclude, please see the guide 101 of HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS below: