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Thai//Vietnamese/Asian Grocery in DC or Arlington

foodhound1 Sep 30, 2011 01:14 PM

Hi- I am looking for a grocery store or shop that sells tapioca balls and really good thai tea. Are there any such places in metro-accessible areas of DC or NOVA? Thank you!

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    lesan RE: foodhound1 Oct 3, 2011 08:49 AM

    are you looking for ready made thai tea or a tea mix?

    for thai tea mix, there is a thai grocery store next door to bangkok 54 on columbia pike in arlington. it's related to the restaurant so they also have food packed to go in their refrigerated section. they definitely sell the tea mix there because i've bought it there before and they probably also sell tapioca balls, too. i don't think the grocery store sells the tea ready made but i'm sure you can get it to go from the restaurant. it's $2.50, i believe.

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      ahack RE: lesan Oct 3, 2011 09:13 AM

      Bangkok 54 does have the individually packaged mix, as do most other asian groceries such as Cho Saigon, H Mart, Lotte, etc. I haven't been able to find the tapioca balls locally so I ordered them online.

      Bangkok 54 Restaurant and Bar
      2919 S Columbus St, Arlington, VA 22206

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        DC in DC RE: lesan Oct 3, 2011 06:12 PM

        I've bought tapioca balls at the Asian grocery that's in the same parking lot as Bob's Noodle in Rockville. Forgetting its name but it's right there on Rockville Pike.

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        foodhound1 RE: foodhound1 Oct 4, 2011 07:18 AM

        I'm looking for the tea mix that I can brew at home. The places mentioned seem far away from public transportation. Would I do best by ordering online? Thanks for the comments!

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          DC in DC RE: foodhound1 Oct 5, 2011 07:34 PM

          The store I mentioned is walking distance from the Rockville Metro stop. Depending on where you live, though, the Metro ticket might cost even more than the bubbles themselves! (But probably cheaper than mail-delivery fees unless you're ordering by the barrelful.)

        2. tommyskitchen RE: foodhound1 Oct 5, 2011 09:20 AM

          There is a very small Japanese Market at 17th and U street NW called Hana Market - I don't know if they would have what you are looking for but that's the only Asian grocery that I can think of that is easily accessable.

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            hamster RE: foodhound1 Oct 6, 2011 05:13 AM

            The grocery store in Eden Center should have stuff in theory, though I don't know for sure. It's a 20 minute walk from the metro station, which is just barely "metro-accessible." A relatively pleasant walk, though. And then you can combine the trip with banh mi or other Vietnamese eating.

            Eden Center
            Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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              tcamp RE: hamster Oct 6, 2011 05:40 AM

              Eden Center is also well served by bus from several metro stations in Arlington/FC.

              Worth the trip as it truly is a food destination.

              Eden Center
              Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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