Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Stocking a Thai Pantry

Chopstick Cinema

This Week's Film: Beautiful Boxer
Cuisine: Thai

In addition to the fresh ingredients, the spices for preparing Thai food should include cinnamon, coriander, cumin, curry powder, and turmeric. And your pantry should include unsweetened coconut milk, dried shrimp, jasmine rice, nam pla (Asian fish sauce), oyster sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, shrimp paste, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha (Thai chili sauce).

Most of the ingredients needed to prepare Thai food are readily available in the international food aisles at larger grocery stores and at Asian markets. But if they are not available locally, is an online Thai grocery with an impressive inventory list. Another online source is

My Thai Green Curry recipe will be posted at the end of the week, along with my Beautiful Boxer film review.