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14 Must have ingredients to cook Thai food at home

Here’s everything you need in your kitchen to start making a delicious authentic Thai meal like a pro chef.


Galangal is closely related to ginger as they are both rhizome. Galangal, however, gives a totally different flavor. This means that gingers are definitely not your alternative solution as Thai ingredient in your cooking station. A good galangal are the ones in the frozen zone, so be sure to check it out next time you plan for a Thai meal.

Kaffir Lime Kaffir limes are good for their leaves and outer skins. The fruit doesn't make much juice, but the essential oils in the peel gives great aromatics for curries and curry pastes.

Fish Sauce Fish sauce is the equivalent of salt in Thai cuisine. Fish sauce gives out this authentic taste of salty with mellow smell to your soup. Despite that aren’t all fish sauces are make to taste the same . “Most people don't realize that there's a huge variation across brands” – famous Thai cooking chef said. Tiparos is top of the suggestion list, but we would like you to try out different breads for your own personal style of Thai cuisine.

Oyster Sauce One of my personal favorite ingredient is Oyster sauce. It is used in stir-fries and marinades. We recommend to try it slowly. Maekrua is actually one of the suggestion of actual oyster sauce, even though Chinese-style "oyster-flavored sauce" will also does it job.

Thai Bird (Bird's Eye) Chili Bird's eye chili is quite popular in Thailand cooking’s tradition, and it also super hot! Quite like the Serranos chili, the bird’s eye will pinch your mouth and nose when it is inside you. The mouth feel of bird’s eye are quite unique as they tend to give you a shape feeling of spice. The recommendation is to use them while they’re still fresh to get the pure fresh spice out of it. Meanwhile, fresno or serrano chili are also the substitutes.