Traditional coconut graters on show at southern funeral

A few of the traditional southern coconut graters brought together for use in preparing food at the funeral of a well-known figure in Songkhla province, in a bid to preserve the traditional way of cooking with coconut as a main ingredient. (Photos by Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: Because coconut is a main ingredient in most southern Thai dishes, a handmade coconut grater has long been an important cooking utensil in most kitchens in the South.

An event at a Buddhist temple in a village in Songkhla’s Ranot district on Monday provided clear evidence of the continuing popularity of coconut graters "with a difference" in this region of the country.

Close to a hundred traditional coconut graters were brought together for the prepartion of food at the funeral of Suchol Klaeothanong, 85, the late well-respected former kamnan of tambon Ta Khria.

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