Chopstick etiquette in Vietnamese meals reflects not only our cultural traits but also our understated politeness.
Let’s go through 10 unspoken rules while using chopsticks:
- Do not make 3 consecutive scoops of rice from the bowl to your mouth with your chopsticks at a time.
- Do not bite the chopsticks, spoons or bowls and do not lick the tips.
- Do not pick up food from shared bowls and get it directly to your mouth; use your personal bowl as lay-over instead.
- Do not hold the bowls and chopsticks in one hand or in your mouth to do other tasks (such as scooping soup) with the other hand.
- Use the other end to pick up food for others.
- Do not dip your personal chopsticks and spoons in shared bowls.
- Do not scour shared bowls for your favourite pieces.
- Do not use your chopsticks to hit the bowls or other chopsticks and make noise with those utensils or while chewing.
- Do not dip the tips in condiment.
- Do not erect your chopsticks in the rice bowl.