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How to Stock a Thai Pantry?

By - herve
20.09.20 10:03 AM

Essential ingredients for your shopping list

21st September 2020

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 !

Essential ingredients for Thai cooking
Shop selling spices in the Don Wai floating market.

Fish sauce "Nam Pla"

Thai fish sauce
Fish sauce brings out the flavor of many dishes!

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"

Coconut Sugar
An integral ingredient in Thai cooking
Coconut palm sugar is one of the natural sweeteners you will love to have in your kitchen!
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"

Thai Coconut milk
No Thai curry without coconut milk !
One of the many ingredients that make Thai food so delicious and unique is coconut milk.
It’s a wonderful ingredient that adds sweetness and body to a dish and can bring all the flavors together.

Thai Street Food
Thai Street Food is delicious but actually requires very few ingredients for cooking !

Thai Curry Pastes

Thai curry pastes
A versatile and flavorful base for a variety of Thai dishes

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 paste
With its distinct sweet-sour flavor, a little tamarind goes a long way.

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

Oyster sauce
Thai seasoning sauces offer unique flavor like no other cuisine
Oyster sauce is a must have in the kitchen.
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. 

Light soy sauce has a mild and soft salty flavour not present in other soy sauces.
Simply add a few drops to all dishes when cooking, it will enhance the flavor !

Dried Chillies & Kaffir leaves

Thai Spices
Dried spices are a good substitute when fresh are not available

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.

Rice Noodles

Rice noodles are naturally gluten-free
Rice noodles are truly one versatile ingredient to have on hand! They are quite neutral in flavor, and pick up the flavors of ingredients in any dish quite superbly.

Used in most stir fried noodles dishes, salads and soups, rice noodles are another staple of Thai cuisine.

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