How to Break Chopsticks Evenly

March 28, 2008 / Culture, Daily Life / 15 Comments

You go to an Asian restaurant. From the corner of your eye, you see the waiter bringing over that delicious food. You quickly pick up those wooden chopsticks and break them apart then….crap. It’s uneven.

At least for me, I will be sulking for the rest of my meal. Not because I’m such a perfectionist. It just brings back an embarrassingly painful memory. I was around 4 when I visited Japan with my parents. Wanting to wolf down my food hungrily, I recklessly tore the chopsticks apart. It was completely uneven. I was left with 3/4 of a chopstick on one side. I shrugged and continued to shove the udon down my mouth when the splinters from the 3/4 of a chopstick pierced through my thumb.

The pain. The anguish. Those freaking chopsticks!!!!

After that experience, I’ve tried my hardest to break chopsticks properly. Unfortunately, 90% of the time, I failed… until I watched this anime called Azumanga Daioh (where a slow Kansai girl is taught how to break them apart properly because she thought they could only be broken perfectly by luck)! So, here’s the trick:

Break the chopsticks while holding the tip of the chopsticks – not the stem.

It’s never failed me once since then. You Asian kids are probably laughing so hard right now coz it’s common knowledge to you all. But it’s an enlightenment for a non-chopstick-wielding Asian like me, okay? 😉 Where I was born, we eat with our hands!! *sulks*

And here’s a clip from Azumanga Daioh of how NOT to break chopsticks.