- Do not ask for a pair of chopsticks if they aren’t provided. The Thais only use chopsticks to eat noodles that are served in a bowl. Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Pad Kee Mao, Rad Na or any other noodle dish served in a flat plate will also be eaten with fork and spoon.
- Do not ask for a knife and try to eat your meal using a fork and knife. It is not only that eating rice with a fork is impractical, but also everything in Thai food is normally bite-sized. People would not think that you are rigid and do not want to adapt, but would likely just chuckle at a display of poor etiquette.
- Do not order only one dish that is intended to eaten only by yourself. Meals are always shared.
- Do not take many different kinds of food in your plate at once. One is preferable. (This won’t work when it comes to a buffet)
- Do not heap your plates full. This is considered rude. Start with a big spoonful of rice from the rice serving bowl, but take other food a few bites at a time and keep going back for more, slowly.
- Do not take only the good parts just for yourself. Most of Thai dish, meat and vegetables are often mixed together in the dish. If a portion of the dish is not liked, e.g. vegetables, it is not necessary to take them, but take just a few pieces of meat, then pass the plate around to other people at the table first before taking more pieces.
- Do not talk while eating or with food in your mouth. This is really extremely bad manners. The most distasteful thing to the Thais is people who eat and talk at the same time.
Tom Yum Goong. Tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavours, with fragrant herbs generously used. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind, and crushed chilies.
Pad Thai A stir fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand.
Som Tum is a spicy salad made from shredded unripe Papaya.
Gang Keaw Wan Gai (Green chicken curry) is a coconut milk base curry with chicken, eggplant, basil leaf and green curry paste.
Gang Massaman (Massaman curry) is mild curry with chicken or beef and potatoes.
Tom Kha Gai is chicken in coconut soup with galangal, kaffir lime leaf, chilli and lime juice.
If you are visiting Thailand or just wishing to experience an alternative food culture, try some Thai recipes or visit a Thai restaurant and enjoy!!