There is a lot of choice depending on what you are looking for. If you want a couple of shiny things to make your kitchen look trendy then go to Paragon. If you want supplies for regular baking then head to one of the local shops. If you are a bit more high end and want branded pans such as Wilton then to go Choco Schmidt, they have the best range of Belgium and Swiss chocolate as well.
If you are willing to hunt the area down, on Chakphet Road, Little India, opposite India Emporium, there are a few shops that cater to the baking trade. These shops will sell all sorts of baking supplies, utensils as well as ingredients, as cheap as can be found.
India Emporium: http://goo.gl/maps/pjdcp
The area is Pahurat, the “Indian extension” of Sampeng.
http://www.choco-schmidt.com – Baking supply shop with online product list.
http://tinyurl.com/qymylmb – Google map link to a more local supply shop, it’s the pink shop, the 2nd floor is all pans, moulds etc. They have lots of sugar decorations for cakes as well.
It’s on the way into Bang Khen Market, Sena Nikhom, off Phahonyothin Road.
I’ve raved about a not-well-publicized kitchen supply warehouse before, so here goes again. I’d be really surprised if they didn’t have one based on their inventory of other gadgets like mixers and commercial ovens, not to mention extensive bakery and catering supplies ie baking sheets, spatulas, sleeves of cupcake papers wholesale bags of nuts like almonds and peanuts, etc. – everything you can think of.
It’s called Pheuan Krua (‘Kitchen Friend’ or liberally ‘Cook’s Friend’) and it’s on the CM- Lamphun Rd (the one with the big ancient trees (Dton Yang) running along it ) headed south from the city, past the Super Hwy (Nong Hoy) Intersection. You go about 3-4 blocks and it’s on your left just after the Caltex gas station on your left. They have a big steel storefront that’s 2 storeys high. Sign’s only in Thai. But be assured it’s just after the Caltex. If you keep going and pass a field and start to come upon the 7-11 and mini Tesco, you’ve gone a ways too far.
The Digital Scale
Kitchenware (3)There was a time when pinches and dashes were all that mattered. Those days are over. Metric measurements offer a degree of precision in cooking that cups and tablespoons could never achieve. A digital scale also means you won’t have to, say, hunt for a dozen measuring cups to bake cupcakes. Spoon the flour into a bowl and set the scale back to zero before you add the next ingredient. The same goes for savoury foods. Polenta, rice, and shredded cheese can be measured with accuracy. Verasu offers a range of scales. Generally speaking, the most basic will perform its primary function. Check them out at the brick-and-mortar store on Wireless Road, or visit verasu.com.
The Blow Torch
Kitchenware (2)Caramelize meringue, sear meat, achieve deeper flavours and textures—with the aid of a blow torch, the culinary possibilities are endless. Traditionally a tool found in the garage, the blow torch has entered kitchens—and even barrooms—with culinary flare. Most often associated with crème brûlée, the blow torch also adds golden colour and toasted notes to marshmallows or graham crackers, browns cheese for French onion soup, and sears chocolate for a final addition to a whisky-based cocktail. Go to Pantry Magic at Eight Thong Lo or the Emporium Department Store to pick up a blow torch, as well as other handy kitchen tools.
The Hand Mixer
Also known as stick or immersion blenders, hand mixers are best known for their capacity to easily blend chunky ingredients into silky smooth soups. But they can also chop meat, whip eggs and oil into mayonnaise, blend fruit smoothies, and work the lumps right out of gravy. Sous Vide Thailand sells a good hand mixer set (with six changeable blades, a mixing cup, and more) for B4400 on its website, sousvidethailand.com.