Thai Market in Silver Spring
Finally went to the Thai Market near Negril's on Thayer Ave in Silver Spring. Unfortunately my meal -- grilled marinated pork on a stick, fried tofu w/ some sort of sweet sauce, and noodle soup with duck -- was uniformly unremarkable. Which dishes do people recommend here?
On the other hand, the market itself is absolutely fantastic. This store is chock full of excitement, brimming with snacks, dried and frozen staples, pastes, and fresh ingredients like cilantro, basil, and little globe eggplants.
There were even these frozen insects sold in packs of four that, to the untrained eye, looked like water bugs, or maybe roaches -- labeled mangda or something. How do you eat these? Fry them?
They also sell my favorite Thai instant noodles, packaged in shiny blue, with the side and sometimes back proclaiming in small print, "Minced Pork Tom Yum Flavour Instant Noodles." So good.
Also sampled some Thai iced tea ice cream, made by Gifford's, which didn't quite do it for me.
I love the thai market in silver spring! They are really friendly there. The last time we went there we were cooking pad thai, and the man behind the counter helped us find all the ingredients we needed...from tamarind paste to red tofu! They also have galanga, kaffir lime leaves, dried shrimp...all the stuff you need to make a decent thai curry! Their produce isn't bad either.
We also scored a big ol'mortar and pestle there for 20 bucks.