An important concept with dining etiquette in the Thai manner is khluk: mixing the flavors and textures from the different dishes with the rice from ones plate. Chopsticks were foreign utensils to most ethnic groups in Thailand with the exception of the Thai Chinese, and a few other cultures such as the Akha people, who are recent arrivals from Yunnan Province, China.
About our cuisine
Thai food was traditionally eaten with the right hand while seated on mats or carpets on the floor, customs still found in the more traditional households. Tables and chairs were introduced as part of a broader Westernization drive during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV. Goat and mutton are rarely eaten except by Muslim Thais. Once the rice is steamed or cooked, it is called khao suai (lit. "rice curry").