If you’ve ever eaten sushi in any Japanese restaurant, then you’ve definitely tried using chopsticks. Some love them, others hate them, but why do the Orientals use chopsticks? Wasn’t it better to invent forks? Their story started a few millenniums ago.
First, the chopsticks were used as cooking utensils and then, about 400 AD, as a tool for taking food. The reason for their use is simple: during this period in China there was a large population growth that quickly exhausted resources and forced a “reduction” of food and coal to cook.
While preparing the dishes, the villagers began to get used to cutting food into smaller pieces, so that they could cook it faster. The chopsticks were then used to take food directly from the pots and, above all, more easily seen the size of the pieces.
Confucius, a famous Chinese philosopher, was also the one who, being a vegetarian, promoted the use of chopsticks instead of utensils at the table, because they remembered the means used at the slaughterhouse (by the way, you
The philosopher also thought that sharp knives evoked violence and war; a certainly not pleasant atmosphere – at least according to him – at the table. You think Confucius was overreacting? Pythagoras forbade his followers to eat broad beans for various reasons.
Thanks to its teachings, therefore, the use of chopsticks spread rapidly throughout Asia.