Thai name for the hsun ok, i.e. a usually cone-shaped, tray-like container with a stand, originally from
for offering food to Buddhist monks. They are often fashioned into the form
with the compartment shaped in the form of a monk's
alms bowl (fig.).
generally made from bamboo strips, which in Thai are known as
and neatly shaped and assembled to form a vessel (fig.),
which is then covered with
They may consist of one compartment, usually divided by a tray
creating a double space, in which the food is placed.
There also exist a similar, yet
more flat model of food container, of which the inner tray is
divided in sector-like segments, often with a small circular
compartment at the centre. The latter is typically used to serve tea
leaf salad (fig.),
but also other snacks, such as nuts and seeds, and known as
laat hpaat khwat (fig.). Hsun ok are nowadays also used in restaurants to serve food
and fruit in a more original manner (fig.).
Many tiab are elaborately decorated, often with a
leaf (fig.) or engraved with
filled with a colour, and
have become a much loved souvenir. They come in
all sizes and can easily be taken apart to facilitate transportation
(fig.). Centuries ago
they were produced in Chian Toong.