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Feb 11, 2008 01:11 PM

Thai market in SF?

Recently returned from Thailand and want to cook some of those tasty recipes I learned. Is there a Thai market in SF? I found mention of one in Berkeley, but am looking for something in SF city limits. Thanks!

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  1. Look here (Markets with Thai Ingredients in the San Francisco Bay Area)

    I've been to Battambang Market in the Tenderloin, and while small and seemingly disorganized, they're stocked to the rafters with Thai products.

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    1. re: Paul H

      Re that list, I was in Tuk Tuk in Berkeley a few weeks ago and it looked like it was closing. Several of the aisles were empty, the freezers were empty and had for-sale signs, and there was a for-lease sign in the window.

      1. re: Paul H

        Battambang Market has nothing but old, long-expired foods. Complete waste of time going there.

      2. It is not specifically Thai but new may wah on Geary in the Richmond has always had everything i need to make Thai recipes. Green papaya, lime leaf, tamarind etc. There are also small neighborhood markets that will have these ingredients, a couple that come to mind are valencia farmer's market at 24th and golden produce on Church.

        Valencia Farmer's Market
        1299 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        New May Wah
        719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

        Golden Produce
        172 Church St, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: sfeater

          What is the Valencia Farmers Market, and which Thai ingredients do they regularly have?

          1. re: david kaplan

            It is just a small neighborhood market, but the family who owns it is Cambodian. When I used to live in the hood they would regularly dig up hidden items for me from the chock full shelves. Bean thread noodles, lime leaves, dried Thai chilies etc. It's not a destination place but my point is just that neighborhood places often have more then meets the eye

            1. re: sfeater

              It's a wonderful store. And they do have odd-good things: blood oranges, the best fresh ground organic peanut butter, slices of tangy cream cheese.

        2. Does Bangkok Grocery still exist? 3236 Geary, (415) 221-5863‎. The places feature doesn't find it, maybe it went out of business.

          Battambang Market
          339 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I don't remember seeing it recently, but when it did exist it was less a grocery and more a market, as in Thai language movies and music. I think the only edible items were a few extracts and sauces.

            For the best selection in SF, I go to Battambang market on Eddy in the Tenderloin. For just a few more common items, I pick them up at New May Wah, which as mentioned above is not a Thai market but has a decent selection of all Asian ingredients and a reasonably complete selection of Chinese ingredients.

            1. re: SteveG

              I bought lots of Thai ingredients at Bangkok, they were pretty well stocked. But that's some years ago.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              I believe they are closed (out of business).

            3. Also, the vendor nearest the live chicken truck at the Civic Center farmers' market (Wed. and Sun.) always has Thai basil, lemongrass, Thai bird chiles, and Thai green eggplant, and usually has hot basil (bai ga-prow) and lime leaves.

              1. The Alemany Farmer's Market has vendors that sell fresh kaffir leaves and you can get 5 fat stalks of lemongrass for 50 cents.

                Manila Oriental Market on Mission just after it crosses 280 has lots of Thai goodies as well.

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                1. re: Kosmonaut

                  I also recommend Manila Oriental Market - it has a pretty big Thai section with lots of Thai products.

                  sf415, what products are you specifically looking for? As the above recommendations indicate, depending on what you want, you might find options closer to where you are at a primarily Chinese or Vietnamese market.