MSP - Thai Cooking Supplies (incl. Mortar & Pestle)
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My boyfriend's b'day is in early August. He's expressed a desire for a GRANITE mortar & pestle set (I read it's best to buy a mixed set of wood & granite elsewhere on Chowhound - not the Midwest Board.) He'd like, at least , a three-cup capacity. Does anyone in the Twin Cities have a suggestion as to where to buy a good one inexpensively? I've found them online for around $40 but I'd like to buy him more than just that but funds are tight. I thought I'd include a Thai cookbook (Also, seeking suggestions for a beginner.) and a few ingredients. Open to ideas. Thanks:-)
The Golden Lion Grocery Store in Brooklyn Park carries a good selection of reasonable mortars and pestles (their bahn mi @ $2.75 are the reason I keep showing up there). I also bought Supatra Johnson's "Crying Tiger Thai Recipes form the Heart" (local author and cooking instructor) which is a great entry level Thai cookbook at the Golden Lion.
370 The Bridge Street Town Centre, NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
i think a 3 cup granite m&p will run you a bundle no matter what (& weigh a ton!). if non-granite is an option, 3+-cup m&p options would be available at the hmong market & shuang hur. in addition to the mercados, maybe also try patel's on central. they seem to have a lot of cookware at a low markup. for less-expensive thai cookbooks try 1/2 price books or other secondhand local bookshops.
Also check in a large Mexican grocery - perhaps El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul or Las Americas on Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. I know I've seen huge stone mortar-and-pestles at various Mexican markets. (Maybe even at the Mercado Central or the Midtown Global Market, but I'm quite unsure about this.)