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Thai groceries?

childofthestorm Aug 11, 2012 09:15 AM

Hi, looking to stock up my kitchen with a bunch of Thai staples. I just came back from a fairly disappointing trip to T&T, just not much there. Is there a grocery store I should be checking out?

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  1. hal2010 RE: childofthestorm Aug 11, 2012 09:29 AM

    Vientiane Trading Co.Ltd.
    51B Jutland Rd, Toronto, On M8Z 2G6
    Tel, 416 743 2911
    Fax 416 743 8004

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      childofthestorm RE: hal2010 Aug 11, 2012 09:53 AM

      That was fast, thanks.

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        elvisahmed RE: childofthestorm Aug 13, 2012 07:31 PM

        Hi Childofthestorm if you do visit Vientiane Trading Co.Ltd. please share your experience as I am looking for a good resource for Thai ingredients.

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          stayathomesommelier RE: elvisahmed Aug 15, 2012 02:25 PM

          Maybe I went to the wrong door today, but it was locked. Called the number on the sign and asked about Betel leaves and the person on the other end had no idea what I was talking about.
          Is there another entrance that I totally missed?

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            elvisahmed RE: stayathomesommelier Aug 16, 2012 08:18 PM

            What do you mean it was closed so this place is not a store? I was planning a visit there soon so now maybe I will postpone it till I hear from someone who has experienced it first hand.

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              hal2010 RE: stayathomesommelier Aug 23, 2012 10:18 AM

              The door at the back of the building with the sign over it leads to their offices and it's not always open. If you go round the corner to the door beside the green garbage dumpster, beside 2 loading dock doors, that's the public entrance. No sign over it though. It's just a hollow metal door with a yellow stripe painted on the asphalt in front of it.

              They are mostly wholesale to restaurants and stores - the place is a warehouse full of cased goods, but they do sell to the public. They have about 20 feet of dry goods on shelves and some produce if you ask.

              Open 10-6 M-F, 10-4 on Saturday

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          elvisahmed RE: hal2010 Nov 10, 2012 08:04 PM

          finally made it to Vientiane Trading. It is a bit of odd place to buy stuff as its more of a warehouse than a store.
          Single person operation so I would make sure to call in first to see whether they are open and have the stuff in stock.
          Prices were good and I did see some items that I haven't seen outside Thailand.
          Otherwise I would say this place is strictly for home enthusiast or restaurants only.
          Here are some pics

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          plug RE: childofthestorm Aug 16, 2012 03:05 PM

          depends on where you live.

          check out "Oriental" grocery store @ McCowan and steeles (alton towers)
          they have:
          thai basil
          kaffir lime leaves
          palm sugar
          and the more common:
          thai chillies
          fish sauce

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            childofthestorm RE: childofthestorm Aug 23, 2012 01:17 PM

            So it's not Vientiane Supermarket that's listed in Toronto Life then?


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              hal2010 RE: childofthestorm Aug 23, 2012 03:58 PM

              No, they moved from that location a few years ago.

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              SweetSweetPotato RE: childofthestorm Nov 12, 2012 06:46 AM

              If you're looking for betel leaves, have you tried Indian grocery stores? They usually stock them for paan.

              1. midtowngirl RE: childofthestorm Nov 12, 2012 07:07 AM

                There is a vegetable store downstairs at SLM (just north of the bottom of the stairs) that sells fresh herbs used in Thai cooking - thai basil, vietnamese mint, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, etc.

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