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Jan 8, 2009 09:18 AM

Thai Clay Mortar with Wooden Pestle

Does anyone know where I can buy one of these in the bay area ? I know I can get one online but I don't want to wait. I have tried New May Wah in the Richmond district but they only have the granite ones which I already have.
Any ideas ?


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  1. Would you drive as far as San Pablo? If so, I'll stop by some of the local Thai markets and see if they have any.

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    1. re: rworange

      I work in oakland and live in SF, San Pablo would be just fine, thanks for checking it out.
      Never seen them before in Kamei maybe I will drop by and have another look. I am looking for one on the large side approx. 7-8" in diameter and similar height.

      1. re: jlyonzee

        Heng Fath had them in various sizes running from $3.99 - $5.99. They also had a big bin of wooden pestles in various sizes.

        Take 580 to the Richmond Bridge. There will be an exit for 23rd St. Follow 23rd street a few miles. You are getting close when you see McDonalds (on the corner of 23rd and MacDonald). A few blocks up on the left is Heng Fath.

        I tried this place first because it was the most likely suspect and the one with the most things. The large ones seemed the size you were looking for, so I didn't scope out any of the other Thai markets. However, if this doesn't do it for you, a few miles up there's a market a few blocks after the High School. And then another in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet. if you go to the place where 23rd and san pablo meet, you can hook onto rumrill which has anther market near Food Barn and another with a Bait and Tackle sign also near Food Barn. .

        Heng Fath
        (Wong Fat in phonebook)
        435 23rd St.
        Richmond, CA 94804
        (510) 234-3895

    2. If you want to drive up to Santa Rosa, the Asia Market at 2481 Guernville Road, or the Asian Market at 1110 Petaluma Hill Road carry these - tall, conical, great for green papaya salad....

      1. I have seen them at Kamei in the Richmond. Most of the times I've gone I've seen 2 or 3 but once or twice I did not remember seeing them.

        1. I know it's not authentic but I made my green papaya salad using my kitchenaid mixer bowl and a sawed off unused kid's bat, butt end, from an A's promotion or try the little market at E.14th Ave and International in Oakland.
          Sontepheap Market
          1400 International Blvd.
          Oakland, CA 94607
          (510) 436-3826

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          1. re: wolfe

            Interesting approach! When I didn't have room in my apartment for another mortar and pestle (for green papaya salad), I used my granite mortar and I bought a wooden pestle from Kamei. I figured if granite on granite was too rough, then wood on granite would be more gentle. The shape of the granite mortar was not conducive to green papaya salad however, so it was messy.

          2. Is Tuk Tuk Market in Berkeley still open?

            Some of those markets in Oakland (on E. 12th or E. 14th) that cater to lots of SE Asians might carry it also

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            1. re: kc72

              I drove by Tuk Tuk this weekend and it looks like that expanded market on University Ave. is closed.

              1. re: PegS

                The fresh produce and take out is closed. There is still some food and dry goods at reduced prices. The majority of the space has been taken over, at present, by Three Stone Hearth Kitchen.