Chopsticks fun trivia

chopsticksDid you know that the very first chopsticks were probably used for cooking, stirring the fire, serving or seizing bits of food, and not as eating utensils?

Chopsticks were considered friendlier than sharp eating utensils.

They became normal to use for both serving and eating utensils during the Ming Dynasty (1386).

What about table manners with chopsticks? There is the etiquette for eating with chopsticks in different Asian cultures. The Vietnamese etiquette is:

  • One should not pick up food from the table and place it directly in the mouth. Food must be placed into your own bowl first.
  • Chopsticks should never be placed in a “V” shape when done eating. It is interpreted as a bad omen.
  • Reversing the ends of the individual’s chopsticks to the “clean ends” is preferred if communal serving utensils are not provided.

Learn more about chopsticks and how to use them to cook your next meal at the Pho Queen Cooking demonstration this coming Sunday, November 1, 2015, at the Maitland Library (

Autumn is here and perfect weather for a nice warm bowl of soup. We will also be learning how to make Pho – Vietnamese beef noodles soup at the Pho Queen Cooking series at Maitland, FL.