The Thais are very casual when it comes to eating meals and drinking. Generally follow the commoners but do whatever you are comfortable to do with. Go through these food tips before you finalise your plan for visiting Pattaya.
You are not expected to tip at a Thai restaurant. However, rounding-up
the bill or leaving 20 bahts on top of most cheques is acceptable. A 15%
to 20% tip would create shock and awe. You should also keep in mind that
tipping is not the norm outside Bangkok and Pattaya.
Most family meals consist of a meat or a fish dish, fried or steamed
vegetables, a curry, stir-fried dishes of meat and vegetables and a
soup. Eating a Thai family dish is a unique experience which you would
relish if you have it with your tour party. Hot chili peppers are used
in Thai dishes with sophistication.
Herbs like lemon grass and coriander leaves are liberally used in Thai
dishes. Popular Thai cuisine flavoring agents include Nam Pla (fish
sauce), Kapi (shrimp paste), Java root, and chilies.
Thais eat food slowly and dining is a long and boisterous affair. They
believe in enjoying their food and eating fast is not their thing.
Drink flows freely in Thailand. Local beer, as well as rice whiskey,
accompanies most meals. However, all drinks are not alchoholic. One of
the favorite drinks in Thailand is the melon ice drink. Some other
popular popular drinks are iced coffee with rice balls, iced condensed
milk, ice drink, lemon soda, citrus banana punch, mango syrup, creamed
coconut, coconut juice, yoghurt soda and tamarind drink.
Thais are casual on table. If something is best eaten with hands, eat
so. If you have to spit out seeds or bones, don't hesitate to do so.
Noodle soups are usually eaten with chopsticks and a Chinese spoon.
Rice dishes are eaten with a spoon and a fork. The spoon is held in one
hand, and the fork in the other. The fork is used only to load the spoon
for delivery. Thai meals are centred on rice as other tropical places in
Asia. Mee Krob is a classic celebration dish of rice noodles in a
sweetened pork and crustacean sauce.
Thai food is a renowned style of cuisine. When in Thailand, go for
authentic Thai food rather than munching those very Western dishes. Thai
food is among the top cuisines of the world and you should not miss it.