Dining in Thailand: 3 Unique Things

Three things that foreigners will likely consider unique about the dining setup in Thailand:

  1. Sugar in Soup- Yep, that jar you see on tables containing white crystals isn’t salt, that’ll be sugar. And if you’re properly Thai, you’ll dump 3-4 heaping spoons of that sugar into your soup. While this isn’t great for diabetes, it means Thais never have to share their soup with foreigners.
  2. Toilet Paper on Dining Tables- napkins? Nah. Toilet rolls. Don’t ask me, I’m a farang and I’ll never feel comfortable wiping my mouth with toilet paper.
  3. No Knives- knives are not part of cutlery in Thai dining, if there’s a knife on your table, you’re at a farang oriented dining establishment. Bite it, bludgeon it with your spoon or saw away with your fork, but you won’t find a knife to cut it. You learn to order dishes that don’t call for much cutting if you’re having a business lunch and feel struggling with cutting might damage your image.

About faranginbangkok

I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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