Essential ingredients for your shopping list
Are you sure you have everything you need to whip up that tasty Thai Curry you’ve been craving?
Here’s our recommended shopping list to stock your Thai pantry !
Fish sauce "Nam Pla"
Fish sauce is used as salt in Thai cuisine.
It's the backbone of Thai cooking, it adds savor to Thai salads, curries, soups, stir-fries, and marinades.
Add to fish sauce some lime juice and coconut sugar and you've got the ubiquitous hot-sour-salty-sweet dressing for Som Tam papaya salad.
Palm Sugar "Nam Tan Ma-phrao"
It is produced from the sap of the flower bud stem of the coconut palm. Less sweet and more complex in flavor than white cane sugar, palm sugar delivers a caramelized sweetness with a woodsy, earthy undertone.
Coconut Milk "Ka-thi"
It’s a wonderful ingredient that adds sweetness and body to a dish and can bring all the flavors together.
Thai Curry Pastes
Nearly every Thai recipe begins with a curry paste.
It's a great product to have on hand for cooking up a quick midweek meal, or for adding a fantastic flavor bomb in your dish.
Tamarind paste "Makham Piak"
Tamarind has a delicious sweet and sour tang.
The acidic kick from tamarind isn't as sharp as lime and is absolutely addictive.
It's used in various soups, sauces and marinades.
Oyster & Light soy sauce
It has a distinctive taste which is not fishy at all.
It is a good choice for flavoring stir-fried vegetables, meat, seafood, noodle dishes.
Dried Chillies & Kaffir leaves
Bird's eye chili is ubiquitous and very hot.
Thai food is known for its heat and spice, so it’s not hard to see why dried chilies will be on the list.
Used to add an addictive sourness to many Thai soups, kaffir lime leaves are an essential Thai ingredient.
Kaffir lime leaves provide great flavor for curries and curry pastes, working as an aromatic.
Used in most stir fried noodles dishes, salads and soups, rice noodles are another staple of Thai cuisine.