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19 September 2006 :: 11:09:14 am 21471

The Thai Table

Traditionally, a Thai meal is eaten not from a table but sitting on the floor, the dishes being placed upon rush matting spread out for the purpose. Many families, especially rural families, still dine in this way, although tables are the norm, especially in Bangkok. Originally too,
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               Thai food was eaten with the fingers. It still is in some regions, notably the Northeast and parts of the North, where glutinous or sticky rice is the staple. The rice is massaged into a ball, using the right hand, and dipped into the various dishes an sauces.

               When sitting down for a Thai meal, you will find the spoon and fork placed to the left of your plate, usually with a paper napkin. There will be no knife, a utensil reserved for the kitchen. Each dish served will come with its own serving spoon, the chawn klang (centre spoon), with which you transfer some of the food onto your plate, then return the spoon to its position. This emphasizes the communal eating spirit of the Thais. Take a little food from each of the dishes, and see how the many tastes and textures will balance and complement each other.

               A couple of spoonfuls of rice will be ladled onto your plate by your host or a server, and you eat the rice along with the other dishes. The rice, incidentally, takes the sting out of the chilies. If you should get a very hot spoonful, water will only spread the burn around: take a mouthful of plain rice to absorb the fiery fluids

               As  you clear your dish, you will find that your neighbor will be spooning more food onto your plat. You certainly will not be sitting with an empty plate waiting for someone to help you! This is all part of the natural Thai hospitality, the desire to see other fulfilled and content. You will also frequently be asked: Aroi mai? Is it delicious? To which the answer is, aroi! Delicious! Or, aroi mak! Very delicious! And, of

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Eating

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