where to find some Thai food cooking essentials
I'm trying to make some coconut milk from scratch for some Thai curries and am wondering where I may find a coconut grater. Also, I want to make a green papaya salad and am wondering if anyone has suggestions on a papaya grater. thanks.
You can buy coconut graters and melon graters (which you can use to grate papaya) at Filipino grocers. You can also get all sorts of fruit/vege graters at a place like Gourmet Warehouse (they actually sell a cool little Thai fruit carving instrument there). A coarse box (cheese) grater will work. I've slos seen graters at Indian grocers. Thai Green papaya salad is traditionally "grated" by hand with a knife -where the papaya is peeled then held with one hand and the fruit is truck repeatedly with a knife to form thick matchsitcks. Then the ingredients are pounded together in a mortar and pestle.
ambitious! If the scratch-coconut milk fails, there's always frozen which is a step up from canned.
The Gourmet Warehouse is a good source for gadgets like these, but I can't vouch for a coconut grater since I don't own one. But like Fmed said, Filipino and/or Indian stores are likely best "ethnic" sources for these things too.