I'm looking for specific brands of Thai staples and don't know which Asian food markets in or near Providence would carry them. I've been to the Korean store across Sun & Moon and I can rule it out.
Coconut milk: Mae Ploy or Chaokoh
Curry paste: Mae Ploy
Jasmine rice: Golden Phoenix
kaffir lime leaves
Thai sweet basil
I'm not sure about specific brands, but the best asian grocery I know of is five star market (i believe that's it's name). it's in providence, on dexter st a couple blocks south of cranston st. it's on your right hand side if you're driving south, and doesn't look like a substantial market, but once you get inside it's like a treasure trove.
i know some local farmers also grow thai basil, so you might be able to find it at farmer's markets.
What a great market! Thanks so much for the suggestion. I went today and found everything that I needed. The market is a treasure trove of Thai ingredients (both fresh produce and groceries) and very affordable. Since you seem to also enjoy cooking Thai food, I would like to suggest a very useful site:
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