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Feb 13, 2007 09:02 AM

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, 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?


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  1. Somebody had success with a thai market in silver spring recently.

    902 Thayer Ave, Silver Spring, 20910 - (301) 495-2779

    If that fails, there's another thai market in bailey's crossroads that's affiliated with Duangrat's/Rabieng.

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    1. re: Chownut

      I go to the place in Silver Spring all the time. It got most or all of the ingredients & staff is very helpful. Kind of a schlep from Baltimore but it's the real deal. Also, good hot food counter for take out or eat in.

      1. re: dan f.

        I like Thai Market (the one listed above, in SS) too. It's a small store, but I've bought all of the above there. It's just off of 29, very easy to find.

    2. 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)..........

      1. I think I saw fresh Kaffir lime leaves the last time I was at Whole Foods.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.