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Thai tea seller in Baltimore area

I wanted to make Thai Iced tea myself. I found a post on CH describing what kind of tea to buy here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/374224

I was unable to find any tea from Thailand at the local H-Mart (Han Ah Reum in Catonsville). I must of read at least 50 different labels looking for one that read "Product of Thailand". Does anyone know of a place in the Baltimore area to get Thai tea leaves? If not, then how about further south on I-95? Columbia, Laurel, College Park?

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  1. I'm a Bmore foodie, too, and have had a hard time finding things like this. Your best bet is to just buy online!

    www.importfoods.com has a ton of stuff - they sell Thai Iced Tea powder (you just need to mix it with water and sugar, I think) http://importfood.com/thaiicetea.html

    I also like www.currysimple.com - here are their Thai Iced Tea syrups http://www.currysimple.com/servlet/th...

    1. This probably isn't exactly what you're looking for, but it may be worth talking to the Thai people who have that great little stand (with yummy mango and sticky rice) at the Sunday farmer's mkt (the one under the JFX) and see where they get their tea.

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      1. re: baltoellen

        I am surprised to hear that a giant Asian store doesn't have it. Any Thai grocery store should have it. It comes in form of a brown powder, usually largish 0.5 or 1 lb bags.
        Bangkok 54 in Arlington sells 3 different brands.

        1. re: baltoellen

          Thanks a lot for bringing these folks to my attention. Went there this past weekend and their Thai iced tea and mango sticky rice were both very very good considering they are selling it from a stand.

          1. re: baltoellen

            Finally followed your advice (two years later) and asked the Thai stand at JFX. They said they usually get their Thai tea mix from Silver Spring or Virginia, but they mentioned that some stores near the Library on or around Park Avenue should have it. They couldn't tell me an exact store, but I thought I'd put the information out there in case someone knows what store(s) they might be talking about.

          2. Yes, there's a place called "Asia Mart" or something like that on York Road (south of Northern Parkway and north of Coldspring lane) that sells Thai Tea leaves. It's next door to where the old Thai restaurant used to be (they're building townhomes on that site now). That's where I buy my Thai Tea leaves.

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            1. re: onocoffee

              That would be "Asia Food", on the west side of York Road just south of Woodbourne Ave.

            2. Thanks onocoffee and Hal. I picked up the Thai Tea mix from Asia Food and made my first batch yesterday. It is a bit of a pain to make but it came out wonderful. Better than most restaurants. Thanks again.

              1. SInce it looks like I can no longer get Thai tea mix from Asia Food, has someone seen it anywhere else around town? They still don't carry it at the H Mart in Catonsville, nor at the Asia Supermarket further east on Route 40.

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                1. re: bmorecupcake

                  I am not sure but if you have time, check to see "Asian Grocery & Halal Meat" store in Glen Burnie. The store has many South Asian groceries, including teas. I have never checked Thai tea mix, since I only buy a black tea there. The owner is Bhutanese, he once told me that if I cannot find desired food there, he can take the order. The address is 7530 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie. This is a mom & pop store, I hope they still there since I go there just a few times a year

                  1. re: sallyneko

                    Thanks for the recommendation. Just called them this morning and they do not carry ground Thai tea mix. I was reluctant to have them order it because they really didn't know what type of "Thai tea" I was taking about. I was hoping to support someone in the area, but I guess it'll have to be the online route. The generic looking mix that Asia Food sold was perfect for my tastes and I'm still unable to find that exact one anywhere else.

                2. I ordered the Thai tea mix from ImportFood.com. It was good, but it wasn't the same as what I used to get from Asia Food. The advantage of the ImportFood variety is that it's a finer mix, so it works very well with make-your-own tea bags. The generic-looking variety I used to purchase from Asia Food was a coarser grind, but definitely stronger and held up much better against melting ice.

                  A local "asian" carryout place sells Thai Iced Tea, so I asked them about it and they are pretty sure Eastland Food Corporation in Columbia has the mix I'm looking for. Eastland only sells to businesses, but maybe I can be persuade them otherwise. ;)

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                  1. re: bmorecupcake

                    I picked some up a while back at Dae Song (small Korean grocer) on Deereco Road in Timonium.