Thai Cooking Equipment

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Thai Cooking Equipment
Hot and spicy Thai food is easy to cook when you use the right equipment. (repas thai image by photlook from

Thai food is best when you cook fresh ingredients using authentic Thai cooking equipment and utensils. Cooks use the equipment for all types of Asian cooking and it is available at Asian markets or online.

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The main Thai food cooking utensil is the wok. It's essential for stir-frying meat and vegetables. Woks are made of cast iron, stainless steel or aluminium. Match the size of the wok to the amount of food you usually prepare for even cooking.

Mortar and Pestle

A ceramic or granite mortar and pestle is necessary for the proper grinding of spices and curry pastes in Thai cooking. You can also use them for pounding papaya and other salad ingredients.


Steamers cook sticky rice, fish and various vegetables. They are usually two- or three-tier aluminium boiler steamers or woven bamboo types with a bottom aluminium steaming pot. You can use stackable tray bamboo steamers with a top cover over a wok of boiling water.


Bamboo or stainless steel graters are handy for shredding ginger and vegetables. Specialised wooden coconut graters with iron teeth are traditionally used for grating coconut flesh.

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