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The characteristics of each country's chopsticks

March 15,2023

Chopsticks are a typical Asian utensil that has different customs and characteristics in different countries.

The following are introductions to chopsticks in each country:

1. China: The length of Chinese chopsticks is generally 23-27 cm, and eco-friendly chopsticks are over 25 cm. Long and thin chopsticks are more convenient, especially in the south. The tips of Chinese chopsticks are usually sharper and suitable for picking up small pieces of food. Chopsticks in China are mostly made of bamboo, wood, plastic and other materials. In addition, there are long chopsticks for cooking in China, which are convenient for boiling food ingredients.

2.Japan: The length of Japanese  chopsticks  is usually 18-22 cm. Due to the different dining culture in Japan, Japanese chopsticks generally are thinner than those in other countries, especially those for cutting long noodles. The flatness of Japanese chopsticks is relatively straight, and the tips at the end of them are sharper for picking up food. Japanese chopsticks are mostly made of  bamboo, wood, metal and other materials.

3. South Korea: The length of chopsticks in South Korea is generally shorter than those preferred domestically. The average length is less than 20 cm and is generally thicker than Chinese chopsticks. Iron and ivory chopsticks are expensive. Traditional Korean restaurants often use metal chopsticks with different ends for various needs. The traditional Korean cuisine is usually served with copper utensils, such as plates, bowls and spoons.

4.Vietnam: Vietnamese chopsticks are similar to Chinese chopsticks and are usually 23-25 cm long. Vietnamese chopsticks are slightly flat in shape, with a thinner bottom for picking up food. In some areas, there are also bamboo-made double-headed chopsticks that can be used to share food. In Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Indonesia, chopsticks are relatively thick, with simple designs and shapes. In Western countries, chopsticks are occasionally used as a special dining utensil, and users are usually seeking novelty and cultural experience. In summary, chopsticks in different countries and regions have different types, materials and designs, but their characteristics are all convenient for picking up food, with differences in length, thickness and design style.

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