Monday, March 1, 2010

Eating Gluten-Free in Thailand, Part 2


Eating in restaurants is different in Thailand in a few, notable ways.

  • Learn to say hello - sounds like So-wa-dee-ka if you're a woman or So-wa-dee-ha if you're a man. Thank you is Ka-poon-ka if you're a woman or Ka-poon-ha if you're a man.
  • Most parties share food so splitting the check is unusual. You can avoid a lot of headaches by figuring the money out amongst yourselves.
  • Often service is very slow by American standards. Imagine the worst service (time-wise) you've ever had and then multiply it by 3. The food is often worth the wait, but eating out is a leisurely affair. Don't wait until you're starving to sit down and order.
  • Bring your patience. You are probably making some special requests. Be polite to the waiter even if there is some initial miscommunciation. Your future gastrointestinal happiness is in his or her hands.
  • Tipping is expected in Thailand. Tip generously, especially if they have checked ingredients for you.
  • Don't expect everyone's food to be served at the same time. They usually just bring it out when it's ready.
  • Although most places will automatically give you less-spicey food, you can ask for mild by saying "Mai Ped Ka" if you're a woman or change the Ka to "Ha" if you're a man or ask for it to be even spicier by saying Ped or "Ped, Ped."


1 comment:

John Adams said...

Just a small correction on the polite particle for men.

•Although most places will automatically give you less-spicey food, you can ask for mild by saying "Mai Ped Ka" if you're a woman or change the Ka to "Ha" if you're a man or ask for it to be even spicier by saying Ped or "Ped, Ped."

The "Ha" at the end of the sentence is actually "Krap"