Here are the four primary rules for handling chopsticks. I have broken half of them just today.
- Skewing chopsticks: don’t impale food with your chopsticks (whoops)
- Pointing chopsticks: don’t gesture to people with your chopsticks
- Double chopsticks: two people should not eat food from the same dish (guess Gina and I weren’t supposed to eat tonight’s dinner family-style)
- Standing chopsticks: don’t stick your chopsticks in your food and leave them there. This position is associated with death because of the similarity with incense sticks offered to the dead.
I’m guessing that not twirling your noodles on your chopsticks like spaghetti would be another one. Guilty as charged.