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How to use chopsticks

At Duc Son pagoda, many of the children eat using a spoon, but Mai, the nuns and most other people in Vietnam use chopsticks.

Chopsticks are held in one hand, with the thumb, index and middle fingers holding the top chopstick while the ring finger and little finger support the bottom one. It’s not polite to point with chopsticks; they are only for eating with.

Food is often served in various bowls and on small dishes. You pick up food using your chopsticks then place it in your own bowl. © WCPF/Jesper Klemedsson

Text: Erik Halkjaer
Photo: Jesper Klemedsson


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