Chef Pim Techamuanvivit shares Thai’s polite way of assessing food
Restaurateur and Chef Pim Techamuanvivit shared some insights to clear up misconceptions about Thai people being picky about food.
According to the chef, when a food is not to their taste, Thais will not complain that the food is bad per se. Rather, they will say that they do not know how to eat it (the food).
She explained that there’s a difference from directly saying that the food is bad because basically, the term implies that there is a chance that once the eater gets used to the taste, he will come to like it.
This also means that no food is inherently good or bad. This is actually a brilliant and tactful way to assess food. We could definitely adopt a similar strategy. Perhaps for the next time your mom or wife fails her cooking experiment?
In Thai, when we eat something that’s not to our taste,
we don’t really say
“I don’t like this”
“this is bad”.
We say “I don’t know how to eat this” (กินไม่เป็น)
Just a big tiny difference.
— Pim Techamuanvivit (@chezpim) November 24, 2019