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What spices for cooking are indigenous to Thailand, and where can I buy them (highest quality)?

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29 minutes ago, atyclb said:

 

that place is great. quality spices at a fraction f big c prices. lots of interesting food in that alley as well as tea's, some very fine ones from china.

Anybody know of a similar store in Chiang Mai?

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13 hours ago, TooBigToFit said:

Makro has a wall of spices like the one you see in the first picture. I suggest going there if you've got one near you. Most real Thai home cooking is done with very fresh ingredients so a lot of the stuff you want for cooking is not going to be able to be taken back by plane but there are some dry spices. Actually you can plant a lot of Thai ingredients back in the west depending on your location. I grew chilis up the snowy lands but I had to start them in a greenhouse first then replant them when the weather was tolerable.

 

 

my thai wife lived 24 years in Holland, before we decided to live in Chiang Mai. 
After every trip to thailand she took back lots of fresh herbs and vegetables, packed in wet newspaper. Always good, but limited life span back in Holland

 

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6 hours ago, WaveHunter said:

Anybody know of a similar store in Chiang Mai?

Wararot has some, but if you want packed spices, Makro is also very good and not expensive at all

 

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1 hour ago, tonboy said:

my thai wife lived 24 years in Holland, before we decided to live in Chiang Mai. 
After every trip to thailand she took back lots of fresh herbs and vegetables, packed in wet newspaper. Always good, but limited life span back in Holland

 

She's lucky.  Most countries don't allow you to carry fresh food into the country.  Some simply confiscate and destroy it.  Others will fine you a bunch of money if they catch you.

 

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For me, the main spices to prepare Thai dishes are : Lemongrass, Galangal, kaffir lime leaves and chili (that you can get in dry form to send to the USA). With that, you can prepare several Thai dishes (Tom Yum, Tom kha gai...) by adding coconut milk.

 

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You can't recreate Thai food abroad in the authentic sense.  You can get close but not close enough so have to improvise as the essential ingredients can't survive the vast distances involved in transportation.  Simple as that really.

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Pepper is nice. Get the cheap stuff at BigC. Plenty fresh, nice spicy bite. White pepper will be even more spicy but it's not the same use or taste

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