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Best Asian grocery store between SS and Herndon?

Or somewhere between Montgomery County and Northern Virginia ... Yes, a tall order, I know, but I know y'all are the ones who will know.

My friend and I are hoping to go to one or two really good stores, focusing mostly on Thai and Vietnamese ingredients, somewhere between those two areas. We'd rather not drive all over the place, if possible. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Super H in Fairfax IMO is the best single Asian store in the DC area, but focuses mostly on Korean and Chinese type things, tho it does have Thai and Vietnamese as well. Some of the stores in Rockville may (or may not) have more of what you are looking for--perhaps others have more information. There is a Thai store near Bangkok 54 in Arlington.

    1. You might want to hit the Eden Center in Falls Church for your Viet groceries. Down Rt 7, I believe there's a little Thai grocery run by the folks who own Dungrat?

      1. If you want chinese goods, which you didn't specify you did, Great Wall is the best option in this area. It's in Merrifield. Avoid any Korean grocery store for chinese goods as they just don't stack up.

        If you want Thai goods, there's a Thai market called Duangrat's and it's next to Lucky 3 chinese restaurant on Leesburg Pike. This is where I stock up on my Thai Iced tea leaves and instant packs. For vietnamese goods, go to Eden Center in seven corners. They have a dingy supermarket there, but you should be able to find all the viet goods you need.

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        1. re: Chownut

          Just to avoid confusion,the dry cleaning place is next to Lucky 3 on Leesburg Pike.

          Duangrat's Market is across the street to the east of Lucky 3, on your left as you exit Lucky 3. The market is bordered on one side by Rabieng, Duangrat's country incarnation (a really tasty restaurant, by the way) and, on the other side, a spectacular Greek market. Don't miss their yogurt. You'll never touch American yogurt again.

          1. re: loafing meat

            Oh good lord -- good Thai and Greek so close together? I might never go home! :b

        2. There's a Thai market in downtown Silver Spring and one in Wheaton.

          1. Certainly not the best in the area, but just FYI, there is an asian market in Herndon. It's on Spring St. near FFX Cnty Pkwy. If you find Reston Glass, it's behind it, across from Amphora bakery (sorta). Outside of produce and meat, it's not bad.

            1. This is great! Thanks everyone! Any other suggestions are welcome. :)

              1. I made my tour of Asian markets yesterday and today. I started out at Hung Phat in Wheaton, which has lovely fresh rice noodles. Didn't buy anything else, since I knew I had more stores in my future. Super H Mart in Fairfax was amazing--so much to choose from and I loved seeing all the fish. Definitely go there early if you can. Next, we zipped over to Great Wall, which was very good, though we'd just bought at lot at Super H. Then we went to Rabieng--lunch first, and then some shopping. Rabieng was the smallest of the lot (well, similar to Hung Phat), but they're very friendly and helpful. We took a short detour to Aphrodite next door for some Greek yogurt and then to Mirage across the way for some Middle Eastern pastries, and then back to Super H to pick up my car (and some shrimp, which looked too good to pass up.)

                Thanks for all of your recommendations!

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                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                  if you are looking for good authentic thai food/supplies...Asian Food Inc, 2301 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD, 20902
                  By far the best in the dc area!
                  I live in Manassas now but i used to go here when i was a kid. TRULY AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD!!! Trust me my mom is from thailand and you cant find great food like this anywhere. The food that is made here isnt "altered for american pallets" I havent been here in a few months but dont mind the 45 minute drive to go here,