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Oct 14, 2011 04:26 PM

BHAM- oriental market

I really like the rolls with rice paper and the guy doing my pedicure said i needed to try and make them- where do i buy the rice paper- I doubt Publix has it or do they??? where is the best place to buy it and whatever else that goes inside the rolls???

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  1. I'd try Super Oriental Market if it's still open...I haven't been there in a couple of years.. on W. Valley.

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    1. re: curej

      Definitely still open and consistently serving some of the best dishes in town. I tend to shop more at SOM (Larger variety) and Chai's (it's closer) but noticed the shop G200 mentioned and need to check it out.

      1. re: curej

        The super oriental market has always been here, we re-opened new Red Pearl restaurant onsite.
        Can pre-order to-go dishes, please check out new web site

      2. I assume you're talking about fresh rolls like the ones you'll find at Thai and Vietnamese restaurants? While you'll be able to find what you need at almost any Asian store, there is a store that specializes in Southeast Asian foods. It's located behind the Purple Onion and across from Baskits on Greensprings. I believe the street is named Carr. I'm not even sure there's much of a sign, and parking for only about 4 cars, but their SE Asian offerings are superior to other Asian markets in town.

        Purple Onion
        1550 Montgomery Hwy Ste P, Birmingham, AL 35216

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        1. re: G200

          thanks-I'm heading over that way today anyway

          1. re: hlsess

            I stopped by- about missed it- went inside and found the rice paper but decided I might find a recipe first and see how hard it looks to make- thanks

            1. re: hlsess

              I've made them twice before. Aesthetically, they were not pretty, but passable. They were, however, delicious. You can really fill them with anything, although I think fresh herbs are probably a key ingredient. You've got me really hungry for some!

          2. re: G200

            Yes. I think the place is called INternational Market. It's by the fire station, separated by the back entrance to the Publix plaza. The place tends to specialize in Vietnamese food. Sometimes they even have prepared fresh rolls in their refrigerator. Also a great place for buying banh mi bread.

            1. re: Big Daddy

              You can buy banh mi bread?! I'm all over this!

              1. re: bryantuga

                Saturday mornings is the best time.

          3. If its closer to you, you might also try Chai store:
            2133 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233-3105 (205) 324-4873 () ‎

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            1. re: Tuzi

              Good suggestion. I forgot about that place. They've had Thai ingredients when the other shop I've mentioned earlier did not. Specifically, galangal and fresh kaffir lime leaves.