Even though take-out food in Nashua is at the highest demand ever, weâ€™ll inevitably be enjoying in-house dining sooner or later. Anxiously awaiting the return of our guests, our team thought weâ€™d take this moment to bring you a bit of traditional Thai dining etiquette. Knowing proper etiquette will not only impress our staff, but it will save you from potential embarrassment if ever traveling to Thailand!
Unlike many cultures where the head of the table sits at either end, in Thailand, youâ€™ll find this distinguished individual seated in the middle. If youâ€™re a guest, be prepared to sit directly across from the â€śheadâ€ť to allow for direct and relaxed conversation.
Throughout the world, cultures honor individuals by age and social status. Thailand is no different. And this respect is carried into the dining experience. When you sit to eat, be sure to know your ranking as the eldest, or highest status, individual will be the one to begin the meal. If this person does not give a signal, itâ€™s acceptable to eat only after they begin to eat.
The only reason that youâ€™ll find a pair of chopsticks in an American Thai restaurant is that people ask for them. Traditional Thai dining is similar to American practice when it concerns which utensils are used â€“ a fork and spoon. To eat, youâ€™ll hold your primary utensil, the spoon in right hand and fork in the left. Combining the two utensils as one unit, food is scooped with the spoon to eat with the fork. A much easier method than fighting tiny grains of rice with two sticks! Another notable mention here is that youâ€™ll want to avoid handling food and communal utensils with your left hand, as itâ€™s considered the â€śdirtyâ€ť hand.
Unlike American culture, where most meals are rushed, in Thailand, eating is best enjoyed slowly. Itâ€™s not uncommon for dinners to last several hours as guests nibble and socialize with one another. Savor the moment and enjoy not only the meal but your company.
Enjoying a beer with dinner is almost as common as water with your exercise routine. However, donâ€™t be so quick to pour your drink. In Thailand, itâ€™s common practice to pour a drink for your neighbor. Thus, youâ€™ll want to keep an eye on glasses around you and top them off as a gesture of kindness.
For the most authentic Thai experience in Nashua, stop by and visit us at the Giant of Siam. We are currently offering the best take-out food in Nashua. Call us today for menu offerings and more information (603) 595-2222.