People buy this special spice at northern markets and take it to their Chiang Mai residences to add it to their recipes. A tourist will encounter the taste of this spice while lodged at the likes of Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites.

What is this special spice?

It is a chilli powder mixture, but not the type you usually find in your kitchen. The main elements found in the spice are long pepper and prickly ash.

What can you make with it?

Thai people use this for every Thai dish. But the unique flavour is brought out when used for Thai chicken soup and laap. The special flavour Thai dishes are known for is resulted by this special spice.

The ingredients

It is possible to buy these in markets. However, some locals still like to go traditional and make it at home. The ingredients needed are coriander leaves, long peppers, prickly ash, cumin, mace, lemongrass, caraway and dried chillies.

Where can you buy these ingredients?

If they aren’t available at your local markets, you can try online – online sellers like Alibaba seems to sell these condiments.


Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+