My 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). What 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.