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Can You Eat Salad with Chopsticks?

Jason Park
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Have you ever tried eating a salad with chopsticks, well I have. In fact, I have done this for the last 12+ years and it has been one of the most pleasurable experiences I have ever had.

No, this is not about some type of foreign cuisine or something the English people eat with their pinkies out; it’s simply me eating my salad with chopsticks.

Want to read more about how I started eating ALL of my salads with chopsticks, please keep reading on.

In short: Yes, eating salad with chopsticks is possible. However, most people don’t eat a salad with chopsticks because it’s inconvenient. Also, it takes way longer than eating a salad with a fork.

Should You Eat Salad with Chopsticks?

Yes, you should. Eating salad with chopsticks is very fun and easy to do.

Can you already see it…

Picking your homemade vegetable salad one by one with chopsticks. Enjoy life while slowly eating your salad, taking your time to enjoy the simple things in life.

I’ve been eating all of my food with chopsticks (except soup of course)

If you haven’t tried eating with chopsticks, it’s definitely one of the best ways to eat food. Eating with regular utensils like spoons and forks gets very boring.

Almost everyone in East Asian countries eat salads with chopsticks. It’s more convenient and you don’t have to keep switching utensils.

So give it a try and see how it feels to eat a salad with chopsticks.

The Benefits of Eating Salad with Chopsticks

There are many benefits when eating salad with chopsticks.

Better focus

You’re focusing on one singular thing as opposed to two. It’s pretty challenging trying to eat a salad with chopsticks and it requires a lot of patience.

Especially for beginners, it can be very challenging.

However, it’s known that when focusing on one particular item for a very long time. Will increase your mental state because this technique is used in meditation.

Enjoying the experience

Enjoying the experience is what makes eating with chopsticks great.

Since it’s challenging, you’re able to fully enjoy the salad as well as the taste.

You’re taking your time to focus on one thing at a time, this is what makes eating with chopsticks very relaxing.

Learning to eat with chopsticks

If you don’t know how to eat with chopsticks the right way, it’s very frustrating.

So it’s best to start off eating salads with chopsticks at home.

You’ll eventually get used to it after a while and be able to eat other foods with chopsticks as well.

Start off with salads, then pasta and even beans. It’s all about patience and practicing the technique of using chopsticks. Learning to use chopsticks can be easy if you follow these simple steps:

  1. Pick up the chopsticks and pick one in your dominant hand. I suggest you use your right hand to pick up your utensils.
  2. Place the lower part of the stick (the wider one) into the bottom of your palm, this provides a better grip.
  3. Now pick up a piece of food with the stick and bring it towards your mouth.

Why Do People Eat Salad with Chopsticks

People eat a salad with chopsticks because it’s more convenient.

In Asian culture, eating salad with chopsticks is very common. In fact, it’s so common that everyone eats salad with chopsticks in their respective countries.

For people who don’t live in a country where eating salads with chopsticks is a tradition.

Haha, just kidding.

It’s not a tradition to eat a salad with chopsticks, but it’s just easier to eat a salad this way.

When you have to switch your utensils from a spoon to a fork, it’s very time-consuming. Dinner time can get longer because of this inconvenience if you don’t switch your utensils properly.

You also get better concentration when eating with chopsticks too. It slows down the process and helps you enjoy the salad as well.

Picking a salad with chopsticks is also more convenient you don’t have to keep switching utensils from a spoon to a fork. It saves time and it’s


Eating salad with chopsticks is fun and challenging. You get better concentration because of this type of utensil. And the best part is, you’ll be able to enjoy your salad more because you’re taking your time to pick each piece.

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    Jason Park

    Jason has been living in Seoul for over 4 years, and during that time, he has experienced many of the city's hidden stores. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others. Jason has been quoted and referenced by different major media companies like Mashed, Distractify, ThePrint and TastingTable. In his free time, he likes to watch Korean dramas and learn more about Korean culture.

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