• The Market Experience

5 unusual Thai cooking ingredients to find in fresh markets in Bangkok

The staples of Thai cuisine – chillies, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, fish sauce, coconut milk – are well known to foodies around the world. But Bangkok’s plethora of sensory-overload-inducing fresh markets hold a wealth of secrets for those willing to put in the work hunting down hard-to-find unique local ingredients. These are the Thai ingredients to seek out at your local fresh market in order to take your Thai cooking prowess to the next level.


Okra in a market - photo by shankar s.