No Knife Necessary

The only knives ones sees in Thailand are big knives. Knives of the butchering or chopping nature. Good luck finding a butter knife for your bread…. wait there isn’t bread here…. Now it all makes sense. No need for a butter knife when there is no bread to butter!

A typical Thai dining experience will include only a fork and a spoon. The spoon is used with your right hand (for right-handed people) and the fork with your left. The only purpose of the fork is to push food onto the spoon. The spoon is the most important utensil here. It can cut, shovel, and separate all of the food. At lunch I do grab a fork but I find that I don’t even use it unless there is a food such as shrimp that needs to have the head and outer shell separated from the actual meat. I am a pro at using my spoon and fork to separate the two!

Another set of utensils that can be found in Thailand are the soup spoon (Thai version, not American) and chopsticks. I wish Americans would adopt this type of soup spoon as it makes so much sense and also allows for a little bit of sloshing on the way up to your mouth.

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