Thai food is a particular favorite. Family favorite is Thai Garden on Mission Blvd in Hayward. Been going there for years. Anyone ever been to Peppers Thai also further down Mission at the other end of Hayward? Would like to know about your thoughts.
So here's the real important question.......... got a great Thai cookbook, and am looking for some of the ingredients, but not having much success. Looking for tamarind paste, masaman curry paste, red curry paste (preferably Maesri brand), and green curry paste, and kaffir lime leaves. Spent last Sunday looking thru many Asian markets in Chinatown Oakland without much success. Where does an aspiring (and perspiring) Thai cook find typical Thai ingredients between Oakland and Hayward line/Fremont???? Thanks.
There is (or was) a Thai grocery store in Berkeley on the north side of University at Acton near Sacramento. I haven't been there for a year or so but I believe they are still there. Also, I've found that most big Chinese grocery stores (at least in SF) carry most of the same things that the smaller Thai places do.
Here is the name and address of the Oaklnd Thai market
Sontepheap Market (It only has Thai script written outside)
the pronounce it centipede.
1400 14th ave @ International Blvd. 510 456 3826
They have fresh Galanga,kafir leaves ect.(very inexpensive)
Plus they are the only place I have found where you can buy a small bottle of fish sauce that fits easily in your frig.
Plus on sunny days they BBQ tasty satays of beef and chicken for one buck.
A bit further afield, there is (or was) a small Thai market tucked away in the rear of the Pacific East Mall in Richmond.
On International Blvd in Oakland their is a great thai store. Im not sure what the cross street is but if you are heading South on International it is in a strip mall which is in the se corner of an intersection with a light. There is s sign in the front in Thai writting. The lady in there is super sweet. And they have fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves.