Food

Thai Cooking Guide: 20 Traditional Thai Ingredients

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 24, 2022 • 7 min read

As with any national cuisine, it’s tempting to believe that the full breadth of Thai cooking can be boiled down to the average Thai restaurant’s menu—pad thai is only one entry point to this spicy, citrusy, herbaceous cuisine. Thai food is typically understood in five regional expressions running north to south, and individual preferences and styles mean thousands of different interpretations. Luckily, recurring techniques and staple ingredients underpin each of the regional Thai cuisines.