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    spices

    Hello everyone ,
    Even though I enjoy Thai food I sometimes miss an Indian curry .
    When in England I used to make curries myself using ingedients from the local I ndian shops .
    Over here in Thailand these spices dont appear to be readily available .
    Does anyone know where I can purchase these spices ( for example , coriander seeds and cumin seeds ) .
    As I am staying near Nong khai any advise on an outlet near here would be appreciated .
    Thanx in anticipation ,
    Rawky

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    No idea about Nong khai, you might have more chance in Vientien. If you're ever in Bangkok though you can get them any where.

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    Cheers

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    Makro has an awesome spice room, do you have Makro's up there?

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    Not in Nong khai but I will enquire about Udon .
    Thanks again

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    I reckon Udon will have one, don't get tempted by the cheap beef though, my wife was the other day and it was shit.

    If they have a spice room like ours does its a treat. Loads of small packets of spices and also a serve yourself area. Much cheaper than Tesco or Carefour with most packets being about 34bt each. I've cooked up some fantastic curries from there.

    A couple of days ago I was in Tops and the have Bisto Chip Shop Gravy, don't buy it, it was shit when i lived in the uk and its twice the price here.

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    Sorry I meant Bisto Chip Shop Curry sauce.

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    The beef most probably came from a relative of one of the buffalo close to me .
    I normally stick to pork over here anyway .

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    I'm pretty sure you'll find them in Makro, Tops or even Tesco on a good day.

    When does Makro open in Nong Khai?

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    I am led to believe the end of this month.

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    Every wet market has little bags of spices. If you know what you're looking for or know the Thai name, you'll find it. Definitely have coriander seeds and cumin.

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    We have a chinese shop in town which only sells spices and medicines.
    The aroma when you walk in tells you it is the right place.
    Half the stuff in there I have never heard of before.

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    Thanks for everybodys help .

    Hopefully next week I will be eating food different from snake , rats etc.

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    Udon has a Macro which have most of spices

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    Try steve[at]pexgo.com

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    Go to an Indian part of town and you might hit the jackpot.

    Its the same in Blighty. i can get some Thai spices in my local Sainsbury's but get a better deal in an area with more of an ethnic background

    there must be a community of Indian people around where you live. might take some time searching. just look for a Sikh place of worship and then ask the locals where they get their spice from

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    Makro has an awesome spice room
    Excellent. Get most of my spices at Macro in Roiet. This is helpful when at local markets. Most Thai names for herbs and spices here.

    English Spice Index

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    Bookmarked, cheers.

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    Weird. I cannot understand how anyone who lives in Thailand would shop at a Makro, Tesco or whatever supermarket for anything but cheap loo paper. The wet market offers everything at cheaper prices, fresher quality and better taste. I found all the spices I needed for pickles in 5 baht bags and fresh dill was usually available along with the baby cukes. As I said before, if you know what it looks like or know the Thai name (or get a Thai friend to write it down for you), you'll find it. Meh, these farang always gotta go to the air-con joints with the tasteless fruit and veg that's been trucked in from who knows where and the meat and fish that I wouldn't feed my dogs. Oh, but it's all neatly wrapped in styrofoam packs. .

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    Aircon rocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    Go to an Indian part of town and you might hit the jackpot.
    We don't have Indians up here.

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    ^ Go to the Chinese Thai stores then.

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    Try brit-indian-curries.com. in Phuket
    They will mail you indian spices

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon
    The wet market offers everything
    Don't know which wet markets you frequented but wet markets in Roiet don't offer "everything" unless one wants to eat nothing but Isaan food for every meal.

    A short list of what you might want to make basic "farang" food dishes and can't get at our local wet market.

    Fresh milk
    Butter
    Cheese
    Bread (other than the nasty white crap)
    Flour
    Baking soda/powder
    Any spices or herbs not commonly used in Isaan/Thai dishes
    Potato (other than small soft and green ones)
    Beef of decent quality (note Makro and Lotus don't have either)

    Agree however and never buy pork, fish, chicken or most vegetables from Makro or Tesco. Wet market much better and cheaper.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Lotus would not know a piece of beef if it slapped them silly in the boardroom.

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