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Aug 4, 2008 10:09 AM

Birmingham - Southeast Asian Grocer

I know of a couple of Asian grocers in Bham, but these seem to have limited selections. I'm specifically looking for galangal and kaffir lime leaves and quality fish sauces. Is there a grocer who carries a decent line of SE Asian items? Thanks.

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  1. The only asian markets I'm aware of are the one in Southside (7th Ave S & 22nd Street) and the one on Greensprings Avenue at the top of the hill (near Pizza Hut). I don't recommend the one on Southside though. I've always had to pick through their lemongrass to find some that was not moldy. The one on Greensprings is much better and bigger.

    I wonder if Whole Foods would have any of the stuff you're looking for . . .

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    1. re: sheilal

      The one on Greensprings is called "Asian Market". It's owned by koreans and tends to have that kind of leaning in terms of food products, although they're starting to have more variety of hispanic food stuff w/the growing latino population in the area. I have never seen fresh galangal and kaffir there. Have you?

      They do have fish sauces there b/c it is a staple in many korean/asian dishes, including kimchee. There is a brand that my mom uses but I can't remember what it is. You could ask the owner which fish brand sauce he recommends. He speaks fairly good english although his wife really doesn't.

    2. There is also the one attached to the Red Pearl restaurant on West Valley. I forgot the name, Oriental Market maybe? They have various greens and lots of sauces.

      1. Try the Asian market off Green Springs on Carr Avenue, near the county annex building and next to the fire station and back entrance to the Publix. They have a decent selection of fresh items. I shop at the Asian Supermarket (Red Pearl) fairly frequently and don't recall seeing either galangal or kaffir leaves. But both markets have more than one variety of fish sauce.

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        1. re: Big Daddy

          Big Daddy,

          I tried 3 markets, the last being the Carr Ave one. This one most definitely caters to the Thai and Vietnamese customer. Thanks for the tip. Another good grocer is the one on Lorna Road. They supplied me with decent lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. The Greensprings grocer had very, very little of what I was looking for, but as previously mentioned, has a good Korean and Chinese selection.

          1. re: G200

            The Lorna Road market, was that one of the Indian markets? If so, which one? (There actually are three Indian markets on that one road) I'd like to have some kaffir lime leaves around, too.

            1. re: Big Daddy

              My apologies for the slow response. It is not one of the Indian markets, but one heavy on the Korean influence. I believe the address is 3065 Lorna Road.

              1. re: G200

                Thanks. You don't by any chance, recall the name of the market or a nearby landmark?

                1. re: Big Daddy

                  It's on the east side of Lorna, less than a mile south of where it intersects with 31near I-65. I believe it's called Asian Super Market and is at the intersection of Georgetown Dr.

        2. I have always had good luck at Chai's Market (that's the one sheilal mentioned on 7th and 22nd). I have bought kaffir lime leaves there. The owner is from Thailand and they have always had the ingredients I need for the Malaysian food I cook. The store is TINY but if you ask the owner, he will help you locate everything. They bring in fresh produce twice a week from Atlanta. It's super cheap too!

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          1. re: flyerguybham

            I'll give Chai's a shot tomorrow, as I need some items. Flyerguy - Does your screen name have anything to do with your profession or hobby? Mine is what I "drive" when I'm working.

            1. re: G200

              G200 - not even sure you are still around as I didn't see your question for six months. Anyway, to answer the question, I am a Philadelphia Flyers fan (hockey) - the second half is hopefully obvious. :-)