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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 35508 [post_author] => 580 [post_date] => 2015-06-13 06:30:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-06-12 20:30:04 [post_content] => Most cultures and cuisines around the world have their own set of dining etiquettes, and Thai cuisine is no different. It entails a set of guidelines that is central to its culture, and to fulfil the expectations of a diner, we must follow the etiquettes for an unparalleled dining experience. Thai table manners date back to traditional practices that were followed in the olden days. In Thailand, food is considered the most important gift and gratefully received. Thai Table MannersImage: Matt DeTurck used under the Creative Commons Licence More dining etiquette is tied to the way the culture views the world and an individual's role in the grand scheme of things. All it takes is a little bit of common sense to understand these customs, however, some manners stem from the way in which Thai dinners are typically served and may not be so intuitive for non-Thais. Here is a quick and easy guide to some essential Thai table manners for a fulfilling dining experience. Do’s Table Manners ThaiImage:  François Bianco used under the Creative Commons Licence
  1. It is important to enjoy every morsel of your meal so take time to pick your food, enjoy the conversation and the laughter which brings in a sense of bonding between you and the host.
  2. Be open to picking up the cheque if it comes to you and pay for the other person's meal as well. This gesture is to show your hospitality.
  3. Make sure you finish everything on your plate; it is a sign that you enjoyed the meal.
  4. Wait for the host to invite you to dig in, it is a show of courtesy to your host.
  5. Do expect a wide variety of dishes and flavours; part of the trick to ordering Thai food is to get a balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy.
  6. Offer some rice to those around you. As it forms the foundation of most Thai meals and is a nice gesture that can help to initiate a Thai meal.
  7. Do eat with your spoon and not your fork; Use the fork to push food onto your spoon and use the spoon to put the food in your mouth.
Thai-Table-MannersImage: Panot used under the Creative Commons Licence Don'ts Thailand Table manners
  1. Never leave your chopsticks in the bowl, it symbolises death and is known to be a bad omen.
  2. Thai meals are always shared, so order a variety of dishes so that you can share.
  3. Don't feel bad about adding condiments to flavour your food to your taste.
  4. Don't wait for all of the food to come out before you eat it, Thai meals are leisurely affairs and the food is just meant to keep coming as the meal progresses.
  5. Don't look around for your knife - you won't need one as everything is cut up for you.
  6. Don’t drop the food on the table, especially from your own plate. “Whan Na”, means “scattering the rice grains”, used to describe the action of a person who eats and lets food, especially rice, fall around the sides of their plate.
  7. Do not take from the middle of the serving plate, but rather, take from the side and work your way around that spot toward the middle.
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A quick and easy guide to Thai table manners

Most cultures and cuisines around the world have their own set of dining etiquettes, and Thai cuisine is no different. It entails a set of guidelines that is central to its culture, and to fulfil the expectations of a diner, we must follow the etiquettes for an unparalleled dining experience.

Thai table manners date back to traditional practices that were followed in the olden days. In Thailand, food is considered the most important gift and gratefully received.

Thai Table MannersImage: Matt DeTurck used under the Creative Commons Licence

More dining etiquette is tied to the way the culture views the world and an individual’s role in the grand scheme of things. All it takes is a little bit of common sense to understand these customs, however, some manners stem from the way in which Thai dinners are typically served and may not be so intuitive for non-Thais.

Here is a quick and easy guide to some essential Thai table manners for a fulfilling dining experience.

Do’s

Table Manners ThaiImage:  François Bianco used under the Creative Commons Licence

  1. It is important to enjoy every morsel of your meal so take time to pick your food, enjoy the conversation and the laughter which brings in a sense of bonding between you and the host.
  2. Be open to picking up the cheque if it comes to you and pay for the other person’s meal as well. This gesture is to show your hospitality.
  3. Make sure you finish everything on your plate; it is a sign that you enjoyed the meal.
  4. Wait for the host to invite you to dig in, it is a show of courtesy to your host.
  5. Do expect a wide variety of dishes and flavours; part of the trick to ordering Thai food is to get a balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy.
  6. Offer some rice to those around you. As it forms the foundation of most Thai meals and is a nice gesture that can help to initiate a Thai meal.
  7. Do eat with your spoon and not your fork; Use the fork to push food onto your spoon and use the spoon to put the food in your mouth.

Thai-Table-MannersImage: Panot used under the Creative Commons Licence

Don’ts

Thailand Table manners

  1. Never leave your chopsticks in the bowl, it symbolises death and is known to be a bad omen.
  2. Thai meals are always shared, so order a variety of dishes so that you can share.
  3. Don’t feel bad about adding condiments to flavour your food to your taste.
  4. Don’t wait for all of the food to come out before you eat it, Thai meals are leisurely affairs and the food is just meant to keep coming as the meal progresses.
  5. Don’t look around for your knife – you won’t need one as everything is cut up for you.
  6. Don’t drop the food on the table, especially from your own plate. “Whan Na”, means “scattering the rice grains”, used to describe the action of a person who eats and lets food, especially rice, fall around the sides of their plate.
  7. Do not take from the middle of the serving plate, but rather, take from the side and work your way around that spot toward the middle.

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