You don’t have to use chopsticks all of the time just because you’re in an Asian country. The utensils you’ll use the most in Thailand may surprise you.
While you’re in Rome, do what the Romans do. While you’re in Thailand, do what the Thais do. More than anything else, knowing how to eat like the Thais will endear you to them.
This is a simple task, but it may go a long way toward making new acquaintances in a new location. And, since eating is Thailand’s national sport, mastering it will help you fit in.
The bulk of Thai meals consist of meat, rice, and vegetables. I know this is an oversimplification, but I’m talking about the overwhelming majority of meals. For dinners like this, you’ll only be given two tools: a spoon and a fork. There are also fried noodle dinners served with a spoon and fork.
The fork is used to place food on the spoon, whereas the spoon is used to eat with. Because the meat will be cut into bite-size pieces, there is no need for a knife. Once you’ve gotten used to it, it’s a really easy way to eat.
You’ll need a knife if you order anything like a steak or some bread that needs buttering. This isn’t, however, Thai food.
Chopsticks and Your Hands
Chopsticks are typically used to consume soup. Gwet-ee-ow (Thai noodle soup) is a popular Thai meal (your phonetics may differ from mine). This soup can be found on almost every street corner in Thailand. It has a wide range of vegetables, as well as different-sized noodles and meats.
Different condiments may be added, such as hot chili peppers, crushed peanuts, sugar, vinegar, and others. It’s best to start with a little quantity and taste it to see if anything more needs to be added. Of course, a spoon is used to sample the soup.
You may also go back to basics and enjoy Thai food without using any utensils. Thai finger food is what it’s called. Sticky rice, fruits, and vegetables are sometimes easier to eat with your fingers. To peel, break, or share a mouthful with you, your daughter will only use her fingers and teeth. It’s not the healthiest choice, but it’s delicious and entertaining.
If you’re feeling really daring, try some Isaan, or northeast, cuisine. Insect vendors abound in Bangkok and Pattaya, offering crickets, ants, beetles, silkworms, and other pleasures. If you can down them, you’ll endear yourself to your Isaan friends forever.
As you can see, there are just a few things to know if you want to eat like the Thas. If you consume and cook the local food correctly, you will have a lot better holiday.