You’ve been meaning to go to a sushi bar and enjoy your favorite sushi, however you’re not very familiar with sushi etiquette or other sushi related etiquette? Well, in this article we’ll cover the ‘chopsticks etiquette’ part. So, here are the 4 chopsticks etiquette tips you should be aware of when visiting a sushi bar.
Chopstick Etiquette 1
Rubbing disposable wooden chopsticks (waribashi) together is considered to be bad manners. In case you do this, you're actually implying that the chopsticks are cheap and have splinters, therefore insulting your host. So it’s best to avoid rubbing them. However if your chopsticks do really splinter, try to discreetly and politely ask for a new pair.
Chopstick Etiquette 2
When at a sushi bar, place the chopsticks in front of you below the plate, parallel to the edge of the bar. Put the narrow ends on the has-hi oki (chopstick rest). While it is not as polite to place them on the plate, if you do, place your chopsticks across your plate, not leaning on your plate.
Also, make sure not to cross chopsticks when set down - as this is no different from not crossing your knife and fork when set down.
When the chopsticks are down, the points should face to the left if you're right-handed and to the right in case you're left-handed.
An important detail to remember is also the fact that you should never stick your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice - this indicates to a funeral rite and, as such, it is disrespectful when eating.
Chopstick Etiquette 3
Use the broad, blunt end of your chopsticks to pick up sushi from a shared platter if no other utensils have been provided. To take sushi from the collective plate with the ends you use to put the sushi in your mouth is as impolite as serving yourself foods from a buffet by using the cutlery from your plate and licking it clean in between each item you put on your plate or as drinking from someone else's glass. So, use the broad end also to pass sushi from your plate to the one of another person if you want to share.
Chopstick Etiquette 4
Make sure not to pass food from one set of chopsticks to another. As part of a Japanese funeral ritual, family members pass bones of the deceased to each other by chopsticks. So, passing food from one set of chopsticks to another imitates this ritual, and is therefore considered very disrespectful and offensive. But, in case you must pass something to another person, pick it up and place it on their dish. Then they can just then pick it up with their own chopsticks.
Passing sushi between chopsticks is only accepted between parents and children or lovers, as an expression of closeness.
Well, now you are much better prepared to enjoy the sushi experience, so go ahead visit your favorite sushi bar. If you live in Brickell, or close, or maybe visiting Miami, make sure to stop by at Hannya Restaurants for the best sushi experience. Hannya is the ideal place in Miami to enjoy the most delicious and sensational Asian cooking experience. With a broad choice of flavors and dishes, there’s something for everyone.
To see their Menu, online, please visit: www.hannyarestaurants.com/.../Sushi-Rolls-drk/