Where to Buy Thai Groceries in NYC

IMG_1279My friend and Urbanfoodguy reader Carlos asked the other day in the comments section  where was a good place to buy Thai ingredients.  I thought this was a great question and wanted to take my answer out of the comments section and do a post about it.

The best place to get hard  to find ingredients like: Galangal, Lime Leaves and Roasted Rice Powder is Bangkok Center Grocery store located at 104 Mosco Street a tiny lane way of  a street in Chinatown.



They also carry homemade curries and other Thai goodies as well as a carefully curated  selection of cookware.  This is where I got my mortar and pestle, sticky rice steamer and papaya salad maker (as pictured below).  IMG_1292What they don’t have is a lot of produce so if you are looking for green mango or papaya you will need to look elsewhere.  I used to go to s a tiny stall of a store on Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry on the south side of the street (the folks at Bangkok Center Grocery can direct you) I’m not even sure if it has a place and if it does if it is in English.

Happily I have discovered the place picture at the top of this post which is located on the south-west corner of Grand and Chrystie and has a great selection of produce: fresh hot peppers, Galangal, Green Papaya, Thai and Vietnamese eggplant and sometimes Green Mango.  It’s my new favorite place because in addition they have scallions, ginger, yard long beans and Napa cabbage all for insanely cheap prices.  All the SE Asian produce is on the Chrystie street side of the store.

So as much as I think everyone should go visit and shop at Bangkok Center Grocery if you are looking for produce head over to Grand street, which in addition to the great SE Asian produce has a lot of other really good food shopping, with a few exceptional fish stores.

For more check out my previous posting.IMG_1285


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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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