How to Use Chopsticks With Ramen Noodles


To many Westerners, chopsticks may seem like a crude tool to handle long, stringy pasta such as Ramen noodles. Especially when swimming in a bowl of broth, Ramen noodles and chopsticks don't seem to mesh. However, in the Asian culture, the etiquette for getting those delicious noodles in your mouth are surprisingly lax. Learn how to use chopsticks with soft noodles and how to drink up the broth they reside in.

Things You'll Need

  • Chopsticks
  • Spoon
  • Napkin
  • Balance a set of chopsticks over the first two fingers of your dominate hand. Place your thumb over the first chopstick balanced on your index finger. The second chopstick should be balanced over your second finger and nestled in the crook of your thumb.

  • Secure a portion of Ramen noodles in the chopsticks using a pinching motion. Lift the noodles several inches from the bowl and balance it with a spoon.

  • Use the spoon to hold the noodles while you use the chopsticks to place the noodles in your mouth. Dip the spoon in the broth and drink after you eat the noodles from the chopsticks. Repeat until you have eaten your fill or have finished the contents of the bowl.

Tips & Warnings

  • Slurp your noodles. According to Chinese etiquette, slurping is good. This noise indicates to the cook that you enjoy the meal.
  • Keep a napkin close by to catch drips of broth.
  • Don't twirl your noodles. Ramen noodles are long and it may be difficult to get a twirled portion safely in your mouth without spilling. Pick up small portions at a time and use your spoon to assist you.

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