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Jan 21, 2008 11:06 AM

Thai Groceries In Outer Queens


I live on the extreme eastern edge of Queens in Glen Oaks, and looking for a convenient place to get Thai ingredients like fresh or dried/frozen Thai basil and Kaffir lime leaves. I have visited a couple of Asian/Korean stores nearby, but the selection of Thai items was very limited, no more than what you can find at Stop & Shop. Any pointers appreciated.

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  1. I, too, would like to know where to pick these up, particularly sen yai noodles for making pad see ew. The small grocery on Mosco Street in Chinatown doesn't carry them. Anywhere in the OB would be great.

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    1. re: lambretta76

      the most luck I've had for SE asian stuff is the very small market in chinatown on bayard, a few doors down from the haagen daaz towards the police station. a barely navigable space, but if you're willing to make the trek, they carry those herbs, frozen. they have a lot of dry goods as well, not sure specifically about those noodles but the proprietor is usually very helpful; was able to source all kinds of crazy stuff for a satay meal I was putting together. beware the space is not conducive to customers, and way more crowded than that mosco st. shop.

      1. re: bigjeff

        Thanks - I was unaware of this place - will see if they stock the noodles.

      2. re: lambretta76

        In addition to the market bigjeff said, there's also a SEA market on Mulberry Street, next to Pho Viet Huong. I just purchased some pandan leaves there over the weekend. They didn't have it at the Mosco street store.

        For the OP, I've found some Thai stuff in one of the Asian markets in Elmhurst on Broadway.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          For you Chinatown shoppers, the details ...

          Asia Market
          71 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

          81 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

          Bangkok Center Grocery
          104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: squid kun

            thanks squid-kun; udom's is what I was thinking of.

      3. have you tried the indian markets on hillside avenue around little neck parkway? Subzi Mandi and Patel Brothers carry quite bit of items; I feel like I've seen galangal there before, and while they may not have exact items, there might be a south asian subspecies that they carry which might carry over. they're also great for fresh herbs, other spices, and sometimes, produce. also, was there an asian market opening on union tpke just before lake success, or was that just me seeing things?

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        1. re: bigjeff

          Being South Asian myself, I am a heavy user of Patel Brothers :-) I haven't seen Thai stuff there, but I do use them for stuff like Coriander which is common to both cuisines. But haven't seen any Thai Basil or Kaffir Lime leaves which are in almost every Thai recipe, and which I can't find there or in Chinese/Korean groceries. Or please tell me if these are supposed to be in any of the above and I just don't know where to look. Today I did a tour of H-Mart on 400 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park but couldn't find these or many Thai sauces other than the standard Green Curry/Red Curry/Panang Curry/Peanut sauces.

          1. re: saadmufti

            No thai basil BUT...I did find kaffir lime leaves in Whole Foods.

        2. I don't have firsthand knowledge of this place, but here's a link to a Thai-owned grocery in Elmhurst

          1. There's a tiny Thai grocery right across the street from Sripraphai in Woodside. Also, there's a Thai cafe a block west of Sripraphai on 39th Ave with a small grocery aisle. Sripraphai has homemade curry pastes and some condiments for sale in the same refrigerator as the desserts. For other Thai ingredients, I would check out the big Chinese markets in Elmhurst. New York Supermarket has a SE Asian aisle with a decent selection of Thai items. I haven't looked to buy kaffir lime leaves, but I believe I've seen them around there before.

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            1. re: E Eto

              I've purchased frozen lime leaves and galangal from the grocers on 39th Ave. When they don't have something I'm looking for, they usually direct me to the Pacific Supermarket in Jackson Heights. I usually find Pacific to stock more non-Chinese SE Asian ingredients than the big markets in Elmhurst (Hong Kong, New York).

              1. re: Joe MacBu

                I found frozen kaffir leaves recently in the indonesian supermarket on Broadway, on the opposite side and one or two blocks up from the shopping center that houses Pho Bang, Pho Bac and a bevy of other restaurants including a large asian supermarket (which carries some other thai products)

                sorry I cann't remember the name of the store but they sell fish and have veggies on the outside, inside lots of indonesian products - like dried satay sauce (fabulous) and an amazing array of frozen leaves like kaffir leaves.

                I second Patel brothers as a good source for other ethnic ingredients including fresh curry leaves, pan leaves, cilantro, herbs, spices, rice etc.

                1. re: tigerwoman

                  That's the one I was referring to earlier. I don't remember the name either but used to go there for my SEA needs.

                  1. re: tigerwoman

                    fresh curry leaves are so frickin' amazing to use. love 'em.

                  2. re: Joe MacBu

                    Do you know the hours by any chance?

                    Is there any place with fresh kaffir lime leaves in Queens? (although I suppose I will end up freezing the leftover leaves anyway)

                    1. re: thinthukgirl

                      Sorry, I don't know their hours. Try calling them at (718) 507-8181

                      I do know where you can get fresh kaffir lime leaves. The only catch is that you have to buy the whole plant for about $30. They had two plants last week at Thailand Centerpoint Grocery on 39th Ave/63rd St. They've recently started serving food and made a delicious bowl of yen ta fo for me.

                2. The only place I've gotten fresh kaffir lime leaves is the small thai grocery on mosco street in chinatown. Other than that its all been frozen or dried. They have thai basil as well though that ones pretty common.