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Where to buy green papaya In San Francisco??

lhollers Aug 19, 2011 11:17 AM

Hello - I've been wanting to make Som Tum, but I can't find any markets (Asian or otherwise) that have green papayas... The only one that even had papayas (thought the orange ones) was Nijiya Market in Japantown. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I'm at Hyde and O'Farrell, so I'd prefer staying around the area, but I'm willing to travel a bit if need be. Thanks!

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    rstanley Feb 5, 2012 10:37 AM

    I saw green papaya yesterday in Oakland at D&K Market (362 8th Street, Oakland, CA) or next door at Sam Yick.

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      vulber Aug 21, 2011 04:03 PM

      duc loi

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        bigwheel042 Aug 23, 2011 10:20 PM

        Was in here today and did not see any green papaya. In fact, I don't know if I saw any papaya at all. If it's here, it's either not in the main produce section, or they were temporarily out of the pre-cut. I did see large green *mangoes* advertised as being recommended for salad, though.

        1. re: bigwheel042
          vulber Aug 24, 2011 01:15 AM

          did you ask them? as much as i love that place, it's ridiculously disorganized and illogically arranged.

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            possumspice Jun 21, 2012 09:52 PM

            just saw cut green papaya at duc loi 2 days ago. in the produce section. top shelf, near the front.

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        mikeylikesit Aug 20, 2011 10:04 PM

        at manila market at mission and 280 they have bags of fresh papaya already shredded. its against the back wall in the cold section.

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          lhollers Aug 21, 2011 09:10 AM

          Thanks for the recommendation, but the only Manila Market I could find through Google is at 950 King Plz #112, Daly City, CA. Is this the same one you're talking about?

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            mikeylikesit Aug 21, 2011 09:21 AM

            i might have the name messed up but its right on the corner of mission and trumbull, it used to be a cala or bell food.

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              bigwheel042 Aug 21, 2011 03:05 PM

              Manila Oriental Market
              4175 Mission St
              (between Ney St & Trumbull St)
              San Francisco, CA 94112

              Manila Oriental Market
              4175 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

              1. re: bigwheel042
                Thomas Nash Aug 21, 2011 04:09 PM

                They were out of green papaya at around noon today -- there was a sign over an empty bin.

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                  lhollers Aug 22, 2011 11:05 AM

                  Still out today...guys didn't know when the next shipment or whatever was coming in. Sidenote, holy smokes, what an awesome market! That seafood section is ridiculously expansive... En route to Sunset Super.

        2. lhollers Aug 20, 2011 06:02 PM

          Nice - thanks for all the help! I've looked around the Asian markets here in the Tenderloin, and couldn't find anything...I'm anxious to take a look at Sunset Super. Will report back as soon as I get over there.

          1. possumspice Aug 19, 2011 01:18 PM

            have seen this at new may wah on clement.

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              Thomas Nash Aug 19, 2011 11:54 AM

              Sunset Super (way out on Vicente and 40th Av), has had bags of ready to go shredded green papaya. I got some there a few months ago. I was there the other day and it didn't catch my eye as I was not thinking about it. When I got home I wished I had looked harder for it as we cooked some green curry large prawns (a very good buy from Sunset).

              Maybe this is not season?

              Post if you find it there.

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              1. re: Thomas Nash
                bigwheel042 Aug 19, 2011 02:02 PM

                +1 on Sunset Super. The one on Irving is slightly closer and also carries it pre-shredded (though I'm not sure I've seen it packaged in bags there - you take your own from a bulk container).

                Not sure New May Wah carries the pre-shredded. You can get whole green papayas at most larger Chinese or Southeast Asian markets, but I find that the pre-shredded is a fine substitute and much, much easier to work with, especially if you don't need a huge amount. You might try to see if the Vietnamese or Thai markets in the Tenderloin have it before trekking out to the Sunset.

                New May Wah
                719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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