Thai cooking ingredients

Exploring the Essentials: Thai ingredients for everyday Cooking

Cooking Thai food can be great fun, and when it comes to creating the rich and diverse flavors of Thai, the right sauces and seasonings play a pivotal role.

In this blog post, we'll introduce you to some common Thai cooking staples that are readily available in UK supermarkets. We'll explore their uses, alternatives, and approximate costs to help you embark on your Thai culinary journey.



Thai Fish Sauce (Nam Pla)Thai ingredients to cook Thai food at home

- Approximate Cost: £1.50 - £3.00 per 200ml bottle
- Commonly Used In: Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, Green Curry
- Why It's Essential: Adds a salty and savory umami depth to dishes, a cornerstone of Thai cuisine.
- Alternative: Soy sauce can be used, but it imparts a different flavor profile.

 

 




Light and Dark Soy Sauce

Thai Ingredients to cook Thai food at home

- Approximate Cost: £1.00 - £2.00 per 150ml bottle
- Commonly Used In: Stir-fries, Fried Rice, Noodle Dishes
- Why It's Essential: Provides a salty, savory taste and dark color to Thai stir-fries.
- Alternative: Light soy sauce can be used for a milder flavor.

 

 

 



Oyster Sauce

Thai ingredients to cook Thai food at home Oyster Sauce


- Approximate Cost: £1.50 - £3.00 per 200ml bottle
- Commonly Used In: stir fry dishes, noodles etc
- Why It's Essential: Creates a base sauce for Thai dishes that contributes to the overall fluid and texture to the dish
- Alternative: mushroom based oyster sauces can be used to create vegan Thai dishes

 

 

 

 


Coconut Milk (Chaokoh Brand) 

Thai ingredients to cook Thai green curry at home Chaocoh coconut milk


- Approximate Cost: £1.00 - £2.00 per 400ml can
- Commonly Used In: Massaman Curry, Green Curry, Thai Desserts
- Why It's Essential: Imparts creamy richness and balances spiciness in Thai curries.
- Alternative: Coconut cream or milk from other brands can be substituted.

 

 

 


Palm Sugar

Thai ingredients to cook Thai at home Palm sugar


- Approximate Cost: £1.50 - £3.00 per 200g block
- Commonly Used In: Pad Thai, Stir-fries, Thai Desserts
- Why It's Essential: Adds a unique caramel-like sweetness to Thai dishes.
- Alternative: Brown sugar or granulated sugar can be used.

 

 

Tamarind Paste

Thai ingredients to make pad Thai. Tamarind paste

 

- Approximate Cost: £1.00 - £2.50 per 227g jar
- Commonly Used In: Pad Thai, Tamarind Soup (Kaeng Som), Dipping Sauces
- Why It's Essential: Lends a tangy, slightly sour taste to many Thai dishes.
- Alternative: Lime juice mixed with brown sugar can replicate the tanginess.

 



Red Curry Paste 

Thai ingredients. Thai red curry


- Approximate Cost: £1.50 - £3.00 per 400g tub
- Commonly Used In: Red Curry, Panang Curry, Stir-fries
- Why It's Essential: The backbone of many Thai curries, it delivers spice and flavor.
- Alternative: Homemade curry paste or a milder store-bought version.

 

 



Green Curry Paste

Thai ingredients. Thai green curry


- Approximate Cost: £1.50 - £3.00 per 400g tub
- Commonly Used In: Green Curry, Stir-fries, Soups
- Why It's Essential: Creates the vibrant, aromatic base for green curry dishes.
- Alternative: Make your own green curry paste or choose a less spicy version.

 

 


Thai Basil Leaves

Cook Thai food at home Thai Basil leaves


- Approximate Cost: £1.00 - £2.50 per bunch
- Commonly Used In: Pad Krapow (Basil Stir-fry), Thai Basil Chicken
- Why It's Essential: Infuses dishes with a distinct sweet and peppery flavor.
- Alternative: Sweet Italian basil can be substituted.

 

 


Galangal (Fresh or Paste)

Thai ingredients Galangal


- Approximate Cost: £1.50 - £2.50 for fresh, £1.00 - £2.50 for paste
- Commonly Used In: Tom Kha Soup, Red Curry, Green Curry
- Why It's Essential: Offers a citrusy, piney flavor and is a close relative of ginger.
- Alternative: Ginger can be used as a substitute.

 

 


Lemongrass (Fresh or Paste)

Thai Ingredients: Lemongrass


- Approximate Cost: £1.00 - £1.50 for fresh, £1.00 - £2.50 for paste
- Commonly Used In: Tom Yum Soup, Green Curry, Marinades
- Why It's Essential: Adds a zesty, citrusy aroma and flavor to Thai dishes.
- Alternative: Use lemon zest or lemon juice for a similar tang.

 

Seasoning powder

Thai ingredients cook Thai food at home


- Approximate Cost: £6 - £10 per pack
- Commonly Used In: Most Thai dishes to add the umami flavour we all love
- Why It's Essential: brings out the flavours in Thai dishes
- Alternative: Use mushroom based seasonings to create vegan dishes

 

 


By stocking up on these essential Thai sauces and seasonings, you'll be well-equipped to embark on your culinary adventure. Whether you're crafting a spicy curry, zesty stir-fry, or a refreshing Thai salad, these ingredients will help you capture the authentic flavors of Thailand right in your own kitchen. Happy cooking! 🍲🌶️

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