When you sit down at the table and place an order, you can guarantee that soon all your senses are going to bing alive with flavours and smells of Thai food. Dishes tend to be a taste explosion - part of this is down to the chef and the other part is down to the amazing ingredients included in each and every Thai dish.
What a lot of people assume is that the ingredients are often exotic and from faraway lands, but the truth is that some of the best dishes are made from some of the simplest ingredients and of course the major key to any good Thai dish is the spice used to make it.
Start with a Paste
Nearly all Thai foods begin with a paste of some kind - Thai Green/Red/Yellow curry is a prime example of this and most supermarkets sell pre-made pastes for these dishes. This of course will provide a nice dish for the family, but if you really want to blow them out of the water with a tasty explosion then it needs to come from fresh ingredients.
In the Thai kitchen, pastes were traditionally made using whole spices a...