The traditional northern Thai style of serving food on a raised tray known as a “khan tok” has been observed by Chiang Mai residents for ages. In the present time, it is also a tradition that has become a popular way of welcoming guests, which is referred to as a “khan tok dinner”. The tradition was initiated by Mr. Kraisi Nimmanhemin who was recognized as an Outstanding Northern Cultural Advocator, in B.E. 2449, at the going away dinner party for H. E. Sanya Dharmasakti, Chief Judge of Region 5. At that time, a khan tok dinner was arranged and since then, it has become a traditional way of entertaining guests. (Sawapha Sakayaphan and Yuphayong Wichitsin, 1995, p. 5)
Popular local cuisine served at Khan Tok includes Lap, Kaeng Om, Sai Ua, Namphirk Num, Namphrik Ong along with side vegetables and such desserts as Khao Taen and Khanom Chok.