Meal Packaging: Pinto

1 Mar

In Thailand a tiffin is called a PINTO, says my good friend Karunee (hi!). When I visited her some years ago in Bangkok I bought an enamel pinto like the one in the photo below.


Pintos are also known as rice-carriers or Thai food carriers and are described as commonly used by monks to carry their meals to the temple. The next one (aluminium) is such a one.

Thai Monk Tiffin_klein

Thailand prides itself on fine bone china and porcelain known as Benjarong (amongst other pottery styles such as Celadon). This is hand-painted ceramic ware with traditional leaf and flower designs and often gold application. There are some exquisite pintos here and shown below.


In a nifty turn on a theme, designer Prae Piyaoporn used the pinto idea as rice packaging. Inside the container are little Kwan Toong rice sachets.


Such food carriers are often used in restaurant concepts; a rather nice renditioning of the carrier itself and the term ‘pinto’ is in the following logos from two UK-based restaurants.



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