Thai Restaurant Sukhothai
Eating food is such an important activity in Thailand that you had better learn about Thai table manners before you come. Forget about stiffly starched napkins, enough cutlery tools to hold up an airplane and all sorts of long forgotten, quirky Victorian mannerisms at the table; eating in Thailand is quite different. None the less, Thais have their own etiquette at meal times.
King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) is largely credited with modernising Thailand in the latter half of the nineteenth century; he was educated by an Englishwoman, courted Western diplomates and leaders and travelled abroad. One morning he ordered his kitchen to cook a multi-course Western meal and invited the British consul over, sat him down and asked him to eat as they do in Europe so that he could observe their table skills. After everything was done, the King decided he had no use for a knife when eating Thai food - for it was all already chopped up, but found the fork and spoon handy and so begun the use of cutlery in Thailand. Nowadays everyone uses the fork to push the food onto the spoon (in your right hand), which then goes in your mouth. The fork, however, never does.
Chopsticks (Thai: ta-kiap) are a Chinese import, so they are used only in chinese restaurants or when eating chinese style noodle dishes. Noodle soups are eaten with the spoon in you left hand (to spoon up the soup), with your right hand you use the chop sticks, to feed the noodles to your mouth.
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Last Update 20.12.2008