In most countries, Chinatown is not surrounded by walls or moats, so it is not clear where to start and where to end. It is easy to see on the big streets where there are paifang, Chinese architectural arch, but on other streets, it is not clear where it ends.
The same goes for Chinatown in Bangkok. If you are walking along a street other than the main street, it is hard to tell if you are in or out of Chinatown. I was clearly walking through Chinatown earlier, but when I realized that I was walking through Chinatown, the atmosphere around me changed to something other than Chinatown. I couldn't find any signs written in Chinese characters. There were food stalls on the streets, and it seemed to be a very ordinary residential area.
The city authorities don't seem to take kindly to the presence of street food stalls, but they are everywhere in Bangkok. If all these stalls were to be wiped out, the citizens would be at a loss as to how to fill their stomachs. I wonder if the authorities have a solution in mind.
As I approached a roadside stall, I saw customers eating at tables and waiters busily working. A man with a large tattoo on his arm was working with a serious face. He was holding chopsticks and stirring the inside of a bowl. Seeing that he was using chopsticks, I guessed that this place was part of Chinatown.
In Thailand, chopsticks are often served with meals, but sometimes they are not because chopsticks are basically cutlery from Chinese culture. I always wondered why, when there are no chopsticks, forks and spoons are served. Not forks and knives. What's wrong with that? You can't cut food with a spoon, but it seems to be good manners to use a spoon. Incidentally, the proper manner is to hold the spoon with your right hand.
|Jan 2020 IN THE CITY THAILAND|
|BANGKOK CHINATOWN CHOPSTICK FOOD STALL TATTOO|
January 6, 2020
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