Khan tok

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A khan tok (Thai: ขันโตก, pronounced [kʰǎn tòːk]) is a pedestal tray used as a small dining table by the Lanna people (northern Thailand),[1] Laotians of Laos and by people from Isan (Northeastern Thailand). These are the people from areas where glutinous rice is eaten instead of the more "fluffy" rice, which is eaten in the rest of the Thailand. Glutinous rice (Oryza sativa var. glutinosa; also called sticky rice, sweet rice or waxy rice) is a type of rice grown mainly in Southeast and East Asia, which has opaque grains, very low amylose content, and is especially sticky when cooked. It is called glutinous (< Latin glūtinōsus)[1] in the sense of being glue-like or sticky, and not in the sense of containing gluten. While often called "sticky rice", it differs from non-glutinous strains of japonica rice which also become sticky to some degree when cooked. There are numerous cultivars of glutinous rice, which include japonica, indica, and tropical japonica strains.


A khan tok can: 1) hold cups of rice and other food, 2) be filled with flowers and candles, and 3) can be filled with fruit.

Khan tok is used as dining furniture to keep food off the ground at special occasions such as wedding parties, funerals, housewarming parties and temple festivals. The range of foods that can be served at a khan tok dinner is unlimited.


A khan tok tray is a short, round table with several legs made from wood and has a diameter of about 14 inches. Khan tok dinners have different foods depending on social status. Khan tok dinners are a northern tradition that continues to this day, especially in Chaing Mai, Chaing Rai, Lamphun and Lampang.

People in northern Thailand usually sit on the floor when they are eating, as is their traditional style, while most of the housewives will cook food. When the food is prepared, it is poured into cups and placed on the khan tok tray. Then it is ready to be served.

Activity of khan tok[edit]

1) First a location is prepared for the guests providing them with a seat and table.

  • A fence is built with bamboo. They are joined together and coconut leaves split down the middle use, being hunched like Pratupa.
  • trees such as banana tree or sugarcane are strapped down in a maze like circle.
  • holy thread is used to encircle it (if it is a more important ceremony)
  • then a pitcher is set, within a chamber; along with clubbed Issy penny on cigarettes and tea leaves
  • A lamp candle is created by using wax or candle to encircle it..
  • Hire music band is hired which includes salo, flute and drums
  • Jasmine is brought to the host, who in turn gives it to guests as they are arrive for the ceremony.

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