Friday, July 17, 2009

Going Thai

I love Thai food. There is something very satisfying to the taste buds when it comes to balancing sweet, sour and salty flavours. So I went to a Thai supermarket at the top floor of Golden Mile Complex (Singapore) to get authentic sauces that will make Thai cooking easier at home.

I started out thinking of the dishes that characterise Thai cooking and what came to my mind were papaya salad (Som Tham), pad thai, green curry and tom yam. A basic selection that will narrow down the things I need to buy. In my fridge, there are already some all time favourites such as Thai fish sauce, fresh lemon grass, kaffar lime leaves and Thai sweet chilli. So what else is there ?

Was feeling a bit bewildered till I met a very friendly Malay couple putting sauces into their basket without much hesistation. They seemed more experienced and naturally I asked. She was kind enough to recommend a good sauce for frying pad thai, an established green Thai curry that has been around for many years, the best Tom Yam mix etc. Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog entry to see if these sauces live up, assuming there's nothing wrong with my cooking :)

On a side note, I've noticed that many Thai food brands feature a woman, some matriach as their logo while the Chinese love the use of pandas, eagles, pagodas and sometimes a severe looking man who is probably the brand owner. A tale of cultural preferences I suppose.

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