Essential Ingredients In Thai Dishes

Thai cuisine is known for its balance of sweet, spice, sour, and salty flavours. There are different types of ingredients that are used in Thai cuisine to create flavours. Following are some of the main ingredients that are frequently used in Thai recipes:

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1. Thai Fish Sauce

In Thai, it is called as NamPla; a sauce made by fermenting small fish called anchovies in salt.  It contains a high percentage of sodium so it is advised to be used in a very small quantity.

2. Curry Paste

Another commonly used ingredient in Thai food is curry paste. There are basically two types of curry pastes; greed and red. Both types contain coriander, galangal and lemon grass. Green curry paste consists of green chilies and the red one consists of red chillies.

3. Coconut Oil And Milk

In most Thai recipes coconut oil and coconut milk are the main ingredients. These two provide Thai dishes with their unique nutty flavour. Coconut based ingredients are used in almost every Thai dish.

4. Rice

Rice is the staple food of Thailand so sticky rice is the main side in Thai cuisine. Different types of rice like jasmine rice, black sticky rice or whole grain rice are used in Thai food. You can easily find rice based dishes in any Thai restaurant in Melbourne.

In Thai dishes, lemon grass is also used in both fresh and dried form. It provides a nice, balanced and refreshing tang to the dish.

Best Wine To Pair With Thai Food

Thai cuisine is famous for its balanced sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and salty flavors. If Thai food is paired with the right kind of wine it makes the experience unforgettable. Below are a few wines that nicely complement most Thai recipes:


1. Alsace Tokay Pinot Gris

People often drink Alsace Tokay Pinot Gris with Thai cuisine. This wine has a musky taste with a touch of sweetness that complements Thai spicy recipes very well.

2. Gewürztraminer

It is one of the most common combinations with Thai and other Asian cuisines. It goes nicely with some Thai curries usually with red ones. Most people like to drink this wine with delicate dishes like Thai spiced crab cakes or papaya and mango salads. It also complements Thai desserts especially those which are extra ordinarily sweet in taste.

3. Sylvaner

This wine is made from top quality grapes and it goes nicely with all Asian cuisine. It is advisable not to drink it with extra hot dishes as it does not complement those dishes.

4. Sauvignon Blanc

If you do not like wines with a strong aroma then Sauvignon Blanc is best wine that nicely complements hot flavored dishes. Most people like it with stir-fries, salads and seafood.

5. Fruity rosé

These wines are usually imported from Chile, California and Argentina. These wines are usually drunk with Thai desserts rather than savory dishes as it may not go nicely with the sourness of Thai cuisine. 

These are some of the wines that are served with cuisine in Melbourne Thai restaurants CBD.