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Sep 20, 2008 12:35 PM

Asian Markets, especially for Thai ingredients

Hi. I'm an L.A. hound and I'm going to be in D.C. in early October. I want to cook a Thai dinner for my mother-in-law. What are the best places to shop for Thai ingredients in the D.C. area? The closer to Georgetown the better.


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  1. You need to drive into Northern Virginia. You can search Google for Asian markets in Arlington. I can only recommend the H Mart. You can take Rte 29 west to the Falls Church H Mart. It's a bit of drive, but I once drove to Torrance for a Japanese supermarket and that was still worth it!

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    1. re: HowChowBlog

      To Torrance? From DC? Torrance, CA? For a Japanese supermarket?

      1. re: noamb

        When we lived in MD two of our favorite Thai grocery stores were in the northern DC suburbs of Silvery Spring and Wheaton. But that was a frw years ago so you should call first to make sure they are still open and to get hours.
        Thai Market, 902 Thayer Ave, Silver Spring, 301-495-2779
        The Grocery Store, 2301 Univ. Blvd., Wheaton, 301-933-6071
        Also, both of these places have steam tables with a bunch of prepared Thai foods, and there are also a number of fine Thai restaurants near these places too.

        1. re: noamb

          Sorry. I should have been clearer. I drove from a business meeting in Marina Del Ray to Torrance for a Japanese supermarket. My LA friend thought that I had underestimated the traffic and warned me that it might be three hours before I could get back to meet him for dinner in West LA. But his wife told me to just relax, check out the supermarket, and try a soup with salted pork.

      2. The closest I can think of is on Columbia Pike in Arlington. It's hard to give instructions because the trip involves getting across the Potomac then navigating the awful spaghetti of highways that follow along the river to route 27, where you'll fiind an exit for Columbia Pike. The Thai grocery in Silver Spring is on Thayer -- to get there, you make your way to Georgia Avenue until you're in Silver Spring proper. You should be able to use google to find the exact addresses.

        If you are doing basic curries and soups, either of these stores should be fine. I haven't been finding fresh lime leaves lately -- not even frozen ones, so you might want to bring those from home if you have them.

        There are H Marts in and around the suburbs, but they lean more toward Korean. I do find their produce better than what you'll find in the Thai groceries. If you more assistance, write back with a list of some of the ingredients, and I can give more guidance.

        1. Eden Center, it's Vietnamese, but there are several grovery store options.

          1. Get yourself to Rabieng, in Falls Church. Right next door is the Duangrat's market, where they have everything you could possibly want for any Thai cooking. Great place.

            This will help you find it -

            They're really nice folks, too - and have something to eat at either Rabieng or Duangrat's - you'll love it!

            1. Thanks all. That's helpful. My mother-in-law lives closest to Silver Springs - and has no car - so I suppose I'll be going to the Thai Market. I've got my own Thai lime tree in the backyard, so I guess I'll pack my own leaves.

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              1. re: estone888

                Since you are apt to get to Silver Spring, there used to be a pretty good Thai restaurant there named 'Thai Derm' located at 939 Bonifont St. (301-589-5341).