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Kosher Food in Thailand

Kosher Food in Thailand

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Chabad House Restaurants and Food Stores

The Chabad Centers in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Koh Samui each have a kosher meat restaurant, bakery and food store on site. All items listed on the website, www.kosherthailand.com are usually stocked there. The largest stock and selection is available in the main branch, in Bangkok. The Kosher Thailand website also has ordering information and menus for each of the Chabad restaurants.

Thai Kashrut Services

Thai Kashrut Services, under the supervision of Rabbi Yosef C. Kantor, provides kosher certification for many locally produced food items. For more information, please contact info@ThaiKashrut.com.

Local Thai Supermarkets

Many kosher food products can also be found in the local supermarkets.

It should be noted that the Villa Market store chain has significantly expanded its program in Thailand. Visitors will find that they stock many imported kosher products in its stores.

Also note that many products originating in Australia or England may be kosher without a kashrut symbol. For a list of the kosher food guide from Australia's Kashrut Authority, please click here.  To search for products from England on the Kashrut Division of the London Beit Din's website, please click here.

Examples of kosher food items found in local Thai supermarkets.

  • Cereal with an OU or OK kashrut symbol.
  • NATURE VALLEY granola bars with an OU kashrut symbol.
  • Rice noodles manufactured either by THAI BETTER FOOD or ASIAN SUPERIOR FOOD (this item does not need a Kashrut symbol).
  • SKIPPY peanut butter with an OU Kashrut symbol.
  • SMUCKERS jelly with an OU Kashrut symbol.
  • Canned fruit by the MALEE company (this item does not need a Kashrut symbol).
  • Dried fruit with the OU or triangle K Kashrut symbol.
  • HEINZ Ketchup with an OU.
  • KRAFT mayonnaise with an OK.
  • Oil manufactured by COOK with an OU kashrut symbol.
  • Olive oil manufactured by BERTOLLI with an OU.
  • HEINZ vinegar with an OU.
  • Soy sauce manufactured by KIKOMAN, only those produced in Singapore (this item does not need a Kashrut symbol).
  • Sauces manufactured by HEINZ with an OU.
  • HEINZ mustard with an OU kashrut symbol.
  • Spices with an OU kashrut symbol.

Additional Notes

Fresh Fruit It is permitted to eat freshly cut fruit from street vendors and stores.

Known Company Brands One cannot assume that items bearing company names that are manufactured elsewhere under kosher supervision have the same status in Thailand. For example, although NESTLE products in the US and Israel may be produced under kosher supervision, the equivalent products in Thailand may be produced locally using ingredients that are without kosher supervision.

Milk and Dairy It is recommended not to use milk and dairy products produced without supervision in Thailand even if one is not stringent for "Chalav Yisrael." The government oversight of local milk production may not be as strict and reliable as in other countries and therefore should not be relied upon. Chalav Yisrael milk is available by advance order only. It is best to order it from the Bangkok restaurant one month in advance.

Fish Fresh and frozen fish with scales that are sold in Thailand are kosher. If the fish is sold precut, it is important to wash them well. One can also find smoked salmon in stores with a kashrut symbol

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