I had gotten a bunch of email questions about using chopsticks at a meal after I posted about Etiquette for a place setting.
- Do decide which piece of food you want before you start in on an appitizer platter with your chopsticks. Poking the food as you decide what you want is a no-no, and once your chopsticks have touched a piece of food, you must take it.
- Do bite in half any dumplings and other small items that are a little too large to eat.
- Do raise your rice bowl to a point just under your chin when eating rice (unless you happen to be dining in Korea, where all dishes remain on the table).
- Do rest your used chopsticks on your plate or chopstick rest, no directly on the table.
- Don't pour any sauce over the food, instead use your chopsticks to dip a piece of food in teh sauce before raising it to your mouth
- Don't tap the chopsticks on a dish to attract the attention of your server. (that's just wrong when it comes to forks, knives or any utensil)
**Thanks to Emily Post's Etiquette (17th Edition) for help with some of the questions.