Dishes are usually comprised of bite-sized portions and meal service typically includes only a fork and a spoon. Usually there will be a variety of dishes, for it takes more than one or two preparations to achieve the blend of flavors Thais like. An ample supply of rice is always the centerpiece. Traditionally all of the dishes are served at the same time and can be eaten in no particular order. Nor are there any stringent rules about which dish goes with what food: anyone is free to mix dishes according to each individual taste.