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In allot of Asian cultures to chew loudly and with gusto and noise including mouth open is a sign or compliment to the cook that the food is good. Its not the favoured etiquette in western countries but we arent in a western country are we. My gf occasionally chews in a loud manner which is fine.. if my western grown children do it i tell them to close their mouth... horses for courses.. respect different cultures and their idiosyncrasies.......

Much rather have Thia's chewing loudly in my ear than a bunch of chinese expectorating and then spitting all over the place... as they do.

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In allot of Asian cultures to chew loudly and with gusto and noise including mouth open is a sign or compliment to the cook that the food is good. Its not the favoured etiquette in western countries but we arent in a western country are we. My gf occasionally chews in a loud manner which is fine.. if my western grown children do it i tell them to close their mouth... horses for courses.. respect different cultures and their idiosyncrasies.......

Much rather have Thia's chewing loudly in my ear than a bunch of chinese expectorating and then spitting all over the place... as they do.

True, quite a few people in most countries on this continent do this, including burping, slurping, and the very annoying sound (smacking the lips???) when chewing.

Remember a female friend of my wife (from her home province) visited us when we lived in BKK. She worked in one of the factories near Lat Krabang.

She had the entire repertoire of these sounds and techniques while eating and drinking.

In her defense, she had no idea I did not approve of it, so I left the room instead of making a fuzz over it.

I told my wife later that we would NOT eat together again in the future.

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the first thing is they are no farting(which is common in some posters countries here)

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Funny....my wife told me that its considered rude to eat with your mouth open but I see everyone up here in Isaan doing it. Everything they tell foreigners not to do, I see everyone doing sitting with your feet pointed at someone, raising your voice, never showing your anger, etc etc.

These activities belong to the category: Alright for me, but not for you.

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I see everyone doing sitting with your feet pointed at someone,

The custom with regards feet pointing isn't that when you sit, you have to make sure your feet point away from people, it is that you should not use your feet to direct someone.

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I told my wife later that we would NOT eat together again in the future.

That was harsh. No more candle-lit dinners for her then. What did she say? That you would NOT have sex together again in the future? biggrin.png

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I had one Thai chick suggest that I had bad eating habits because I was just using a spoon instead of a fork and spoon to consume lunch once. I just rolled my eyes and kept eating.

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I had one Thai chick suggest that I had bad eating habits because I was just using a spoon instead of a fork and spoon to consume lunch once. I just rolled my eyes and kept eating.

When i first came to Thailand i couldn't bring myself to use the spoon as i had been taught that to do so was akin shovelling food - well at least for everything besides desserts. Seems daft now.

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I told my wife later that we would NOT eat together again in the future.

That was harsh. No more candle-lit dinners for her then. What did she say? That you would NOT have sex together again in the future? biggrin.png

Good one.

Cherry picking quotes.

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No cherry picking. Just making a joke. Sorry, thought you were one of the ones with a sense of humour.

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No cherry picking. Just making a joke. Sorry, thought you were one of the ones with a sense of humour.

No worries.

I just lost my sense for a second there.

:-)

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One thing I've noticed is that Thailand is filled with people who chew with their mouths open. It is more or less disgusting, but I'll leave that bit.

BUT, why are people doing this? During this years Christmas piss-up a friend and I wondered if it might have something to do with the fact that this country offers a lot of seriously spicy food, and that some people consume the type of food that is so spicy that muscles in the mouth begin to contract as a reflex.

Could this be the case?

The funny thing is they then cover their mouths to use a toothpick!!!!!

Yep!!!! I was just going to post the same thing as if you can't just keep your lips tightly closed while doing so..

Since meeting my missus I've taken issue with this habit of lip smacking while eating. We don't accept it with our boys and yet she is away at work most of the week and when she comes home on her days off she's back at it like she never knew any better and I have to remind her all over again. It happened again just tonight and it rubs me wrong as it seems she is only patronizing me when she's around us but slips back into the 'bush' mentality when she is in her work circle and it's become quite an irritation..

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Slightly off topic:

When my parents first visited I explained about the subtle cultural and dining nuances.

I informed my mother of the dining technique favored by Thai ladies when eating with a spoon and fork.

“The trick is to push the food onto the spoon with the fork, bring the fork to the lips then delicately use the fork to flick the food into ones mouth, it is considered poor form for a lady to permit eating implements to enter the mouth”

The first dinner was highly entertaining !

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How about the Cantonese crowd who not only eat loudly , with their mouths open ,but also enjoy raucous conversation whilst holding little stores of food in their cheeks . Pure class that is and no easy feet .

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How about the Cantonese crowd who not only eat loudly , with their mouths open ,but also enjoy raucous conversation whilst holding little stores of food in their cheeks . Pure class that is and no easy feet .

This southern circle are also known [and accepted] to fart whilst dining - company or not.

Chinese etiquette.

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