Thai Ingredient Substitutions

Many times the ingredients called for in Thai recipes may not be available in your locality or the prices may be very high. Here are some possibilities that may be substituted for Thai ingredients, but remember, to make it authentic, there is no real substitution for Thai ingredients if you want that REAL taste.. (Some items courtesy of Moi’s Kitchen)

shallotsred or spanish onions
bamboo shootsin fried dishes you may use asparagus
Thai chilis: prik ki nuMexican chilis: habanero
Thai chilis: prik chi faMexican chilis: jalapena
coconut milkwhole [cows] milk
fermented fishanchovy paste
fermented porkSpam, marinaded in lime juice
lime juicelemon juice
limeslemons
gord gourd leaves (bai dumleung)watercress
phak kana (Thai kale)broccoli
makheau phuang (Thai pea eggplants)garden peas
green mangoessour green cooking apples
palm sugarlight brown sugar
shrimp pasteanchovy paste
swamp cabbagecabbage (blanch if required ‘raw’
Thai basila mixture of Italian basil and mint
tamarind juice5 parts tomato catsup to 1 part vinegar
mooli (white radish)turnip
Kaffir limelime zest
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