Eating At A Thai Restaurant: Rules and Etiquette

September 19, 2019
IN Thai Cuisine

If you’re heading to a Thai restaurant for the first time, you’re probably wondering what the right etiquette is. Eating Thai food can present its own rules and conundrums, so here are three ways to enjoy your meal correctly.

  1. Use your spoon

First, most meals are eaten with a spoon as the primary utensil. Forks are simply tools to push your food onto the spoons. It can take a while to get used to, but it works well. Plus, a fork makes a pretty good scoop! 

However, dishes like soup or noodles aren’t eaten with a spoon. Instead, they are eaten with chopsticks and a special soup spoon. You might also use your hands, with some restaurants providing raw greens which add a salad like texture to your meal.


  1. Use condiments to increase the spice

Any authentic Thai restaurant will add a lot of spice to its dishes, and you’ll find condiments that are made with chili slices or chili flakes. There is often fresh fish sauce as well, so if your dish isn’t spicy enough, then you can use the condiments to increase the heat. 


  1. Share with others

Finally, Thai meals are best enjoyed together. When you go to a restaurant, it’s typical for each person to order a dish, and then share and pass the food around between you. Alternatively, you can just buy two or three big dishes and share them. 

So, if you’re heading to a Thai restaurant with a group of friends, you certainly won’t be envious about what the other person is eating as they’ll probably share it with you!


Visit Thai Ginger today

Going to an authentic Thai restaurant and eating Thai food can be a little nerve-wracking for first-timers, but once you have the right knowledge about how to eat a Thai dish, you will really gain confidence. What are you waiting for? Visit us today – you’re certain to be back for seconds and thirds!

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