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Syphrite Mar 18, 2012 04:22 PM

Are there any Asian grocery stores that sell produce in or near midtown? If not, what would be the best option to find Thai produce in Chinatown?

Thank you!

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    kathryn Mar 18, 2012 05:57 PM

    Depends upon what you are looking for.

    Just saying Asian grocery store may lead you to Chinese or Japanese places which won't have the Thai ingredients that you seek.

    You can usually some kaffir lime leaves at Eataly, for a good price. $4 for 25-30 leaves. The occasionally have lemongrass there too.

    In Chinatown, try Bangkok Center Grocery. I've gotten curry paste, Thai eggplants, kaffir lime leaves, and more there.

    Bangkok Center Grocery
    104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: kathryn
      Peter Cuce Mar 19, 2012 09:32 AM

      Bangkok Center Grocery is my favorite as well, but I also patronize the generically named Asia Market Corp on the west side of Mulberry St just north of Bayard St. Where Bangkok Center is strictly Thai, with no deviations, Asia Market offers up a bunch of Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malaysian goods as well. If you're looking for tempeh, for instance, or banana leaves, this is the place to come.

      Asia Market
      71 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

      Bangkok Center Grocery
      104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

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      Pan Mar 19, 2012 01:15 AM

      There's a Korean supermarket on 32nd St. between Broadway and 5th, Han Ah Reum, but I doubt they'd sell much in the way of Thai produce. Depends what you're looking for.

      Han Ah Reum
      25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      1. JungMann Mar 19, 2012 06:55 AM

        The Asian grocery stores in Midtown are all Japanese as far as I know. Kalustyans and the markets in Curry Hill do have fresh vegetables, as well as frozen items like galangal or kaffir lime leaf. If you are near the E train, a quick shopping trip to Jackson Heights is feasible. There is a large Asian supermarket just outside the station.

        123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: JungMann
          Syphrite Mar 19, 2012 09:36 AM

          Thanks all! I'm looking for Thai Basil. Would Eataly have it? It's the closest to where I work.

          1. re: Syphrite
            foodmusing Mar 19, 2012 12:24 PM

            If you're looking for Thai Basil and you're near Eataly, Kalustyan's is not that far from there so I highly suggest that you go there.

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              workintheater Aug 28, 2012 02:27 PM

              Does anyone know where I can buy dried tofu shredded noodles in NYC referred to in this thread? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/862595)
              Today I went to Whole Foods and both Asian markets on 3rd Ave in the Village and NOBODY knew what I was asking for. All they could refer me to were the ubiquitous packages of slimy, foul-smelling shirataki noodles. I'm not looking for dried tofu sheets but rather pre-cut noodles. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

              1. re: workintheater
                el Mitch Aug 28, 2012 03:19 PM

                Hong Kong Supermarket on the NE corner of Elizabeth and Hester. The fridge case on the far right wall toward the back of the store has a huge selection of tofu products, including shredded dried tofu (豆干絲, dòugānsī).

                1. re: el Mitch
                  workintheater Aug 28, 2012 05:40 PM

                  That is so helpful, el Mitch. If necessary, I can show the pictogram you included above. Thanks so much!

                  1. re: workintheater
                    workintheater Aug 30, 2012 01:44 PM

                    You nailed it, el Mitch! I now have two packages of shredded tofu from Hong Kong Market in my fridge. Crossing my fingers that I like them better than the dreaded shirataki noodles.

                    1. re: workintheater
                      el Mitch Aug 30, 2012 02:58 PM

                      Awesome! Glad I could help.

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