If rustling up a Thai meal is on the cards, you'll want to make sure these items are in the kitchen.
Food covers are an indispensable item in the Thai household to help to keep insects and flies at bay. Whether it's leftovers or ingredients awaiting preparation, the covers offer full protection from outside elements.
Mortar and pestle
One of the secrets to making a special Thai meal is pounding herbs and spices with a mortar and pestle. Although the use of a blender does sound tempting to many, the best chefs swear by the mortar and pestle's ability to bring out the flavours in any ingredient. The wooden kind is preferred for bruising fruit or vegetables to make dishes like som tum papaya salad while those made from granite – the holy grail of mortar and pestles –are mostly made in Ang Sila District, Chonburi Province.
A great conductor of heat, the brass bowl has always been the utensil of choice for most Thai households. Best used over a charcoal flame due to it rounded bottom, the brass bowl or krata tong luang is ideal for making Thai desserts and coconut milk curry soups.
Chaam dra gai
The chicken bowl or chaam dra gai is the signature product found in the northern province of Lampang but it actually had its origins in China. When a small group of Chinese merchants with knowledge in making the bowls came to Lampang, they discovered that the province's abundant clay was ideal for making ceramic bowls and decided to open a factory. Chaam dra gai bowls are now widely used to serve up noodle dishes across the country.