I want to start cooking more Thai food and plan to buy some ingredients on line that I cannot find locally. One of the them is Palm Sugar. I was surprised to see it is not considered a 'health food' item. There go the prices through the roof. However some of the true Asian brands seem to have refined cane sugar added in. What is the tradition? Which should I buy?
any other must have ingredients for Thai food? Is powdered galangal useful? I plan to buy shrimp paste too. I already have tamarind paste. I can get kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass at my grocery store (granted it is not very fresh).