If you are anything like me, prior to moving to Thailand, the condiments in your kitchen were salt, pepper, ketchup, and cheese. At the time, living off of bread and poorly-cooked omelettes, I never felt the need to up my kitchen game or to buy ingredients in a foreign language that I can't pronounce. Not to mention the pungent odour that comes along with it certainly makes for an overwhelming experience. But of course, arriving in Thailand and being immersed in the culture and culinary experience, I began to fall in love with the very same pungent odour, the spices, the colour, and the complexity that Thai dishes never fail to deliver. The foreign and unfamiliar taste and character makes Thai dishes seem deceptively difficult to replicate. In reality, however, it is seldom more complicated than being able to properly gauge and season using the basic Thai ingredients that every Thai household should own. Therefore, the following list of items includes some things that will skyrocket your Thai home-cooking potential.