Shredded Coconut Meat

Most often used as a dessert topping, meat of mature coconut, grated into long strands like this, is essential to Thai cooking.

It’s fine if you’d like to grate your own in which case you’ll need a hand-grater. But it’s more convenient to just buy it frozen. Look for frozen grated coconut in the freezer of your local Asian grocer. Most of the time, it comes from Thailand.