Lime leaves and other Thai staples
I have been having a hard time finding Kaffir Lime Leaves, Galangal and other Thai staples since moving to the Baltimore Metro area. I tried Lotte, Super H Mart and (after reading the suggestions from the ChowHound archives in 2004) the Big Boy's World Market near Lexington Market without success.
I am almost at the point of ordering online through thaigrocer.com, but I would rather find a source nearby since I tend to use these items quite often. Ordering online will get too pricey in a hurry. Any suggestions? Basically, where have people been able to find them in our area lately?
There are plenty od places to pick these staples up in the DC area.......Don't know about Baltimore City area.........I do know that the Thai market in SS was carrying both of these items (frozen I believe)..........
I used to think my local shop stopped carrying them, but then discovered that many asian groceries keep the lime leaves in the freezer, and I wasn't looking there. Just a thought. I now store mine in the freezer and they really keep best there.
Whole Foods has them, but they're ungodly expensive. Last resort.
Wegmans has galangal frequently, and they can get Kaffir lime leaves if you ask. I bought like a quarter lb. (which is a lot) the last time and froze them. They also have galangal in a jar, which isn't quite as good but it's convenient.
Han Ah Rheum has both galangal and Kaffir lime leaves intermittently. You just have to go and hope, and stock up if you find them.