Dining in Thailand
- Categories of Restaurant
- From very casual to 4 or 5 star quality dining.
- Most restaurants are of good quality and cater for all budgets.
- Rules For Eating Out
- When eating, always wait for the host to invite you to help yourself before starting. Leaving food on your plate may indicate you didn't find the food tasty, which is always a big concern in Thailand.
|Economy Meal||25-180 bahts|
|Medium Price Meal||180-500 baths|
|Good Quality Meal||500 baths +|
- Food Specialties
- Thailand's cuisine is regarded by many people as one of the best in the world. Since the 1970s, Thai cuisine has become a public cuisine internationaly. Bangkok today has hundreds of cooking schools. A good Thai meal typically includes a blend of spicy, mild, sweet, and sour dishes. Among the most popular Thai dishes are curries made with coconut milk, shrimp paste, garlic, chili peppers, and seasonings such as coriander, lemongrass, galangal, and Kaffir lime leaves. The Thai use fish sauce—today a commercially prepared extract—as a basic ingredient for many dishes in the same way that the Chinese use soy sauce. Although rice is fundamental to Thai cuisine, the Thai have adopted many foods, such as noodles, that form a basic element of Chinese and Chinese cuisine.
- Beers, wines and spirits are readily available . A big favourite among Thai people is rice whisky of which Mehkong is the leading brand. It has a sharp, sweet taste similar to rum. Several brands of beer are produced in Thailand, most popular is the local Singha beer.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Although most Thais are Buddhists, there are no food restrictions in Thailand.
- Table Manners
- Thai table manners are more practical and mostly aimed at civil communal eating. Many mannerisms go back to a previous era when meals were collectively shared; food was the most important gift and gratefully received. All dishes are shared. Thais eat slowly, enjoy the food, conversations, laughter and company.
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