Two Unique Thai Table Manners Practices You Shouldn’t Forget

Image result for Two Unique Thai Table Manners Practices You Shouldn't ForgetYou will agree with me that table manners go beyond talking when chewing your food. There are a set of peculiar table manners that you need to adhere to strictly. Surprisingly, table manner rules apply differently depending on the cuisine.

Today, we want to look at Thai cuisine table manners you need to observe when in a Thai setting.

Respect the old and acknowledge the rice farmer

In Thai culture, there are two influential groups of people that are acknowledged before any meal; the old Thais and the Thai rice farmer.

When in a Thai setting, don’t dare touch the food until the oldest, or rather the wealthiest person says ‘Kin Khao’ which loosely translates to ‘eat rice.’ Remember, rice is the staple food in Thailand so many are times this rule must be observed.

Second, a meal always starts with a spoonful of plain rice to acknowledge the farmer who cultivates the rice.

Thais use spoon and fork

The other important thing you should know about Thai cuisine is that the fork and spoon are the favorite eating tools. By default, you’d expect to eat your Thai cuisine with chopsticks like their Chinese and Japanese neighbors.

But the most important thing is how to use the fork and spoon which by default are positioned on the left of the plate. The fork is used to push food on the spoon – that’s how Thais do it!

Wrapping Up

These two are the essential Thai table manners that many visitors often ignore and that dramatically exposes them as ‘’Farang,’’ which means ‘’stranger’’ in Thai. If you want to pop in a Thai restaurant and have a quick, cheap meal without raising any eyebrows, follow these two important table manners. Above all, don’t forget that fresh water or lager often accompany Thai