How to Use Chopsticks

Many Korean people still use chopsticks when eating their daily meals. Though they occasionally use a spoon, the majority of the meal is eaten with chopsticks.

You can learn to use these utensils by following three steps (two pencils can be used for practice).

1. Place a chopstick across the hand with one end tucked behind the thumb. Use the opposite hand to position it correctly.

2. Place the other chopstick above the first one. It should rest on the index finger, be tucked behind the tip of the thumb, and finally rest on the second finger.

3. Bring the index finger up to touch the chopstick at the tip of the thumb, then bring the tips of the chopsticks together. Be sure that the other chopstick is positioned at the base of the thumb on the inside.

After a little practice you can have fun eating many foods with chopsticks.

Korean Recipes

Fried Shrimps

10 large shrimps

5 cups vegetable oil

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons catsup

  1. Remove outside covering from shrimps and clean thoroughly. Shake off excess water and sprinkle salt and pepper over the uncooked shrimps.

  2. Bring oil to a boil at 350º and fry shrimps for 5 minutes.

  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to boil, pour over cooked shrimps, and serve while hot.

Natural Date Tea

12 dates

4 cups water

honey or brown sugar

pine nuts

  1. Thoroughly clean dates and place in saucepan with two cups of water

  2. Cook mixture over medium heat at a slow boil for two hours. There should be one and one half cups of light brown liquid remaining.

  3. Add two cups of water and honey or brown sugar to taste.

  4. Add five to seven pine nuts to each cup of liquid.

1. rice
2. deep fat fried potatoes
3. vegetable soup
4. rice
5. spinach
6. deep fat fried fish
7. vegetable soup
8. beans
9. pickled cabbage