The four essential flavours of Thai cuisine

Thai Ingredients

Nailing that authentic recipe comes down to achieving the perfect balance between four key styles of ingredients.

SALTY: fish sauce, shrimp paste

SPICY: chillies, pepper

SOUR: lime, tamarind

SWEET: palm sugar, fruits

Every dish in Thai cuisine incorporates at least two of these – sometimes all four. One flavour may be dominant, but the others will be there too, like notes in a chord. That’s what makes Thai food so interesting.