Thai Food Do’s and Don’ts #SweetDeal

My local Simply Asia, Heritage Square.

Thai food (which according to Wikipedia is the ‘Cusine of Thailand’. Really, what WOULD we do without the internet sometimes) is pretty much everyone’s favourite food. It’s in the top five at least.

So here are some DO’s and DON’Ts I found on the official Phuket Website, how to eat in the Traditional Thai Style:


  • Do take your time and pick at your food; enjoy the conversation and the laughter and the sense of community.
  • Do pick up the check if it comes to you; in Thai society the person who is perceived to be the richest pays. Nine times out of ten this will be you. On the other hand don’t try to contribute if someone else is paying the bill, it takes away from their status and ‘face’.
  • Do make sure to take only small portions of each dish so there’s enough to go around.
  • Do finish everything on your plate; it lets the host know you enjoyed the meal. (not hard)
  • Do let the senior ladies of the group do the ordering; it’s tradition.
  • Do wait for the host to invite you to dig in.
  • Do expect a wide variety of dishes and flavours; part of the trick to ordering Thai food is to get a balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy.
  • Do serve yourself but only what you can eat in two or three mouthfuls.


  • Don’t leave your chopsticks in the bowl, it symbolizes death and is very bad luck.
  • Don’t order one dish that you intend to eat by yourself. Thai meals are always shared.
  • Don’t feel bad about adding condiments to flavour your food to your taste.
  • Don’t wait for all of the food to come out before you eat it, Thai meals are leisurely affairs and the food just keeps on coming.
  • Don’t use your fork to put food in your mouth, instead use it to push your food onto your spoon.
  • Don’t look around for your knife – you won’t need one as everything is cut up for you.


As you probably know by now – it’s Simply Asia’s 10th birthday and they have released 10 new dishes to practice your DOs and DON’Ts with.

If you buy one of the #SweetDeal new dishes, you can buy the sweetcorn cakes for only R10. Trust me, these things are amazing. Gooey, chewy, crispy, yummy with the sweet-chilly sticky dipping sauce.

Simply Asia is running a host of competitions, so get involved on their Twitter and Facebook.


You can WIN a R100 voucher (from me) to try a new dish and get the #SweetDeal.

Just tweet me the new dish that you’d most like to try: Make sure and include @SimplyAsia_SA and #SweetDeal in the tweet and I could select you.

Wanna know what the new dishes are? click here

*Thai High Five*

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