great asian market in the valley?
There are a couple of "authentic" Asian markets on Sherman Way in North Hollywood. Either of these will have everything you need. I would try Bangluck first, New King may be a little too fragrant for some.
Bangluck Market Corporation
12980 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
--small, but well-stocked Thai grocer with fresh produce and a butcher/fish counter along with numerous types of curry pastes and dry goods; parking is tricky.
New King Seafood Supermarket
12811 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
--larger, pan-Asian market. Very low prices, but uneven quality (bought lemongrass at $0.69 a pound, but not terribly fresh); "authentic" odors.