Learn Thai – Order food

Sawatdii ka everyone,

Last week I made a video about polite request used in a restaurant and also wrote a blog about top 5 Thai food. After that I have got a question asking how to ask for something without mushrooms, so I got to share this to everyone as well.

Firstly, let see what a waitor or waitress will say to you:

Ao à-rai dii ká/kráp?

Or   sàng à-rai dii ká?

Or   ráp à-rai dii ká?

“dii” can be added at the end of the question for additional politeness.

= What would you like to order?

To answer to that question the pattern is below:

ao + noun.

For example:

ao bà-mìi núa kráp/ kâ

= I would like to have beef noodles.


ao kâao-pàt gài kráp/ kâ

= I would like to have chicken fried rice.


Now you would like to customize your order and ask not to include what you don’t like in the dish, you can say:

mâi ao + the thing you don’t want i.e. mushrooms, chillies


For example:

ao dtom yam goong, mai ao hèt

= I would like to have dtom yam goong, without mushrooms.


 ao grà prao gài mâi sài prík

* sài = add, put ;  mâi sài = not add/ not put

= I would like to have chicken with basil without chillies


Normally I can eat anything but I often ask them not to put MSG in my food. You never know right?

monosodium glutamate (MSG) in Thai is “pǒng chuu rót”

So I often order my Spicy Prawn Soup like this ” ao dtom yam goong, mâi sài pǒng chuu rót kâ”


Now you can enjoy your food the way you want 🙂


Chok dii ka (Good luck),


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16 Responses to Learn Thai – Order food

  1. TER 10/01/2012 at 11:30 #

    แกงส้มชะอม ชุปไข่
    kaeng som cha om

  2. Ellery 27/01/2011 at 16:49 #

    Kop khun krap.

    • Ellery 27/01/2011 at 16:50 #

      or something like that!

      • Kaylyn 19/10/2011 at 13:27 #

        This “free sharing” of information seems too good to be true. Like conmmiusm.

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