Eating Customs on Koh Samui

Thai eating custom with fork and spoon also on Koh SamuiFork and spoon set of table silverwareSo you’re probably wondering why there is only a fork and spoon placed in front of you at the table with your first meal on Koh Samui, and you’re most likely very confused why people are staring at you as you eat Western style with your fork, ignoring the spoon altogether. After all it’s for soups… Isn’t it?

Thai rice dishThai food was traditionally eaten solely with the right hand, using sticky rice as the transferring method of scooping and ploughing food from the bowl to the mouth, but today it is now generally eaten with a fork and a spoon. This was introduced as part of Westernization during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV. Eating customs on Koh SamuiIt was his brother, Vice-king Pinklao, who, after watching a brief demonstration of Western dining etiquette by American missionary Dr. D. B. Bradley, chose only the Western-style fork and spoon from the whole set of table silverware to use at his own dining table.

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2 Responses to Eating Customs on Koh Samui

  1. Which are you supposed to use? I’ve heard that it’s considered rude or a little barbaric to eat with a fork.

    • The fork, held in the left hand, is used to push food into the spoon and the spoon is then brought to the mouth. Scooping food from the bowl to the mouth A traditional ceramic spoon is sometimes used for the soups you assumed you would use your tablespoon for. Knives on the other hand are not generally used at the table, and chopsticks are used primarily for eating noodle soups, but not otherwise used. Although it is considered barbaric to eat with a fork, it is not so if you use your hands. Lucky you!

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