[Cheemchi Academy] Chopsticks: Lesson 1

Hello! I’m starting with a new segment which is called the ‘Cheemchi Academy’. This is our first subject : Chopsticks.
Maybe you will think: chopsticks? Why chopsticks? Well, it’s that they are quite interesting and I can’t eat with them (seriously believe me, I have practiced for years and tried a lot. I got better than 2 years ago but still… and you saw my challenge with Steffie on CheemchiTV )

So here is our first lesson: History and sorts of chopsticks

The chopsticks were invented in ancient China. They were probably just for cooking and not for eating. Later it began to be used as eating utensils, because they were more friendly than other sharp eating utensils. Then it began to spread to other countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Japan and more East Asian countries.
The English word “chopstick” comes from the Chinese/English which “chop chop” meant “quickly”.

In Chinese, chopsticks called Kuaizi(筷子) ( please forgive me if I have this wrong I just got this from the internet) which is roughly translated to quick bamboo.

Chinese Chopsticks

In Japanese, chopsticks are called hashi(箸) also known as otemoto (おてもと). You will see this phrase a lot on the wrappers of disposable chopsticks. Te means hand and moto means the area under or around of something

Japanese Chopsticks

In Korean, chopsticks are called jeotgarak (젓가락). This is composed of jeo (chopsticks) and garak (stick). Jeo can’t be used alone, but can be found in other compounds such as sujeo (수저) which means “spoon and chopsticks”.

Korean Choptsicks

Also, chopsticks have in each country a different style. In China, they are about 25 cm, thicker, with squared or rounded sides and ending in either wide, blunt, flat tip or tapered pointed tip. The most common type of material in regular households is lacquered bamboo.

In Japan, they are shorter length sticks tapering to a finely pointed end. Japanese chopsticks are traditionally made of wood or bamboo and are lacquered.
In South Korea they are medium-length with a small, flat rectangular shape, and made of metal. Traditionally, they were made of brass or silver. Many Korean metal chopsticks are ornately decorated at the grip. They are used simultaneously with the Korean spoon.

Chopstick differents


This was lesson 1! Our second lesson is going to be about chopstick etiquette. Hope to see you soon in our classroom again!

Written by Charlotte


Korea & Japan Lover. Princess of the internetshops, waiting for a crown ( and prince charming)

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