In most countries, Chinatowns are not surrounded by walls or moats, so it is not clear where they are located. It is easy to recognize a Chinatown when it is a large street with a paifang gate, but in other places, it is often unclear where the Chinatown is located.
The same is true of Chinatown in Bangkok. When walking around, it is hard to tell whether you are in or out of Chinatown. I was obviously walking in Chinatown a while ago, but when I noticed that the atmosphere around me had changed to one that did not seem to be Chinatown. There were no signs written in Chinese characters. There was a food stall on the roadside, and it looked like a normal residential area.
As I approached the stall, I saw customers sitting at tables eating, and waiters busily at work. A man with a large tattoo on his arm was also stirring in a bowl with chopsticks with a serious face. Seeing that he was using chopsticks, this place might be a part of Chinatown.
In Thailand, chopsticks are often served at meals, but basically chopsticks are cutlery of Chinese culture. Therefore, they are sometimes not served at meals. I always wonder why, when there are no chopsticks, a fork and a spoon are served. It is not a fork and a knife. I wonder how to cut food with a spoon, but it seems to be good manners to cut with a spoon. Incidentally, it is proper etiquette to hold the spoon with the right hand.
|Jan 2020 IN THE CITY THAILAND
|BANGKOK BOWL CHINATOWN CHOPSTICK FOOD STALL TATTOO
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