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Feb 12, 2013 05:47 PM

Where to buy Thai sweet dark soy in SF?

Would like to be able to make pad see ew at home for very picky two year old. No luck at the markets I've tried on Clement and would rather not spend $7 shipping a $5 bottle. Thanks!

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  1. Try 99 Ranch 99. The closest is in Daly City. Or try Manila Oriental Market in the Excelsior.

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    1. re: ML8000

      I think Manila Oriental Market might have it....they have a fair amount of Thai products. They would definitely at least have something very similar that you could use in its place (like kecap manis)

    2. Probably Pla2 (former Thailand Grocery) in Berkeley.

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        1. re: ML8000

          There are no Thai grocers left in SF and no places I know of in SF proper with a great selection of Thai stuff.

          New May Wah, Pacific Super, Sunset Super, 23rd and Irving are possible.

      1. I've never seen Thai sweet dark soy, is it similar to kecap manis?

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            In fact I use ABC brand Kecap Manis as a sub for Thai sweet dark soy, usually I buy it at 99 or Berkeley Bowl.

            For many Thai dishes, it's essential to use Thai soy, which tastes a lot different than most Chinese and Japanese brands. I might use Filipino soy or Maggi in a pinch, albeit less. But for the sweet dark I think Kecap Manis is fine.

        1. Pang Kee Bargain Market on Stockton (North of Broadway) has a good selection of Thai seasoning & sauces. I get my Golden Mountain Seasoning sauce from there. Sun Kau Shing Company just a few doors up on Stockton has some Thai sauces as well. It can take some patience to find what you want in both places though.

          1. Battambang Market on Eddy has never let me down.

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