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Nov 5, 2007 03:40 AM

Thai Market in Toronto?

I am hosting the next gourmet group and I was hoping to do Thai. I am looking for a place to buy authentic Thai products. Can anyone suggest a good spot?

Here is what I am looking for:

Tra Chang or Golden Boy fish sauce
Thai rice noodles
Chaokoh or Mae Ploy coconout milk
Mae Ploy Green Curry Paste and Massaman Curry Paste
Shrimp Chips (I doubt this is Thai, but I am looking anyways)
Roasted Chili Paste (Nahm Prik Pow)
Pantainorasingh brand thai tea plus a steeper for making thai iced tea
Chao Thai brand Coconut Cream Powder

Thanks for the help!

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  1. I don't personally know of a specifically Thai market, but many of the items on your list can be found at any of the T&T supermarkets.

    1. No Thai markets that I know of (if anyone does, please divulge), but I can find pretty much all of those things (not too sure about a couple as I've never bought them) in any grocer in Chinatown East, and very likely Chinatown.

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      1. re: vorpal

        Me too - Gerrard East is where I find thai ingredients. I'd check T&T also though.

      2. Vientiane Market would be a good place to look. The only Lao/Thai grocery in Toronto that I know of. I haven't been there for a while so you might want to confirm it's still there.

        Years ago it was much more conveniently located on Spadina.

        2 Bradstock Rd, Toronto, ON M9M, CA

        1. I get these items at the Chinese grocery store on the W side of Spadina just north of Dundas (you go down a few stairs to go inside):

          Golden Boy fish sauce
          Thai rice noodles
          Mae Ploy Green Curry Paste and Massaman Curry Paste
          Shrimp Chips (I doubt this is Thai, but I am looking anyways)
          Roasted Chili Paste (Nahm Prik Pow)

          They have a number of coconut milks and cream powders but I don't recall the brands. And they may have the tea too, I have just never looked for it. You can also find the tiny green thai eggplants (that look like fresh green peppercorns) and thai purple basil here reliably.

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          1. re: orangewasabi

            If only I could find a place that sells holy basil reliably, I would be thrilled! Anyone know of such a place? One of the two major grocers (the easternmost one) in Chinatown East has it extremely rarely. I've managed to locate it perhaps twice a year.

            1. re: vorpal

              Holy (and other) basils being one of my favourite things (see username) I feel your pain. After an exhaustive search I've found nothing. I've never even seen any in Chinatown East, although I don't go there often. I finally gave up and started growing it myself. You can purchase seeds online and you can apparently get seeds and plants from Richters Herbs north of Toronto.

              1. re: basileater

                I've mentioned it before here, but stores here sell don't sell the Thai basil needed to make the most famous Thai basil dishes - 'gai pad bai grapao' - chicken fried with basil and a dangerous amount of chili and 'pad kee mao', a noodle dish that is also insanely spicy.

                The only basil I've seen recently is what the Thais call 'bai horapa' (โหระพา), when the one you actually want for cooking is 'bai gapao' (กะเพรา). I used to buy it in the early 90s at the Vientiane Market when it was still on Spadina. I imagine they still carry it.

                Using 'horapa' is not an option as it tastes like licorice. In Thailand its leaves are usually deep fried and added as a garnish, or served raw with various veggies as a side to some northeastern (Issan) dishes.

            2. re: orangewasabi

              I found most everything, minus the tea, in Chinatown. Guess my gourmet group will have to live with wine, and no tea! Thanks for all the help.

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