In every kind of cuisine, the kind of oil used plays an essential role andcreates specific flavours. Different kinds of oils are used in different cuisines for example in Arabian foods, olive oil and sesame oil are used. Similarly,there are some specific oils used in Thai recipes. Some of them are as follows:
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is commonly used in Thai recipes because of its flavour. It has a slightly sweet and nutty aroma which makes it unique. There are different ways of refining coconut oil and its smoke point depends on the way it is refined. Usually it varies from 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Another benefit of using coconut oil is that it can easily be stored for a longer time. There is no Thai restaurant in Melbourne CBD without coconut oil in their kitchen.
2. Palm Oil
Another oil that is commonly used in Thai cuisine is Palm oil. It has a smoke point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit; which is very high. For this reason, it is generally used for grilling and stir-frying. Unlike coconut oil, its addition does not provide flavour to curry or other dishes.
3. Peanut Oil
Peanut oil is also used frequently in Thai recipes. Similar to Palm oil, it also has a very high smoke point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This oil is also used for grilling, stir frying and deep frying.
Besides these three, professionals are also quite keen on using canola oil in Thai recipes.