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Feb 27, 2013 11:48 PM

Where to find these thai ingredients in los angeles: holy basil and grachai?

Hi I am attempting to make this recipe however am not sure where to find such ingredients as holy basil, or bai krapow, and then shredded grachai?

This would be preferably near Los Angeles or even out to Oxnard/Ventura area, closer to Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Agoura would be a bigger plus :D Thank you

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  1. LAX-C is your best bet to find krachai and all those strange things but good luck with holy basil, that and cilantro roots are impossible for most Thai restaurants to find.

    The krachai will come in jars in brine as well as the pickled green peppercorns, you won't find them fresh as it's impossible. As for holy basil I'd recommend you grow it yourself if you are that dedicated otherwise sadly you will have to use Thai basil, even though the flavor isn't the same.

    The recipe you are trying to do is pretty hardcore Thai, so I might as well recommend you buy the Mae Anong brand red curry paste, they make the better curry pastes among all the other brands.

    1100 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA

    8 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        thank you guys very much i am emailing lax-c before i head out there!

      2. re: Johnny L

        i think you are mis-reading the green peppercorns, it says fresh so i was going to go with something like this,

        1. re: curiousaboutcafos

          Unless you special order them you won't find them fresh, as far as I know they only come dried or brined, the latter which most Thai people use because of cost and availability.

          1. re: Johnny L

            oh no i assumed those dry ones from frontier were what the recipe was speaking of! i am determined to find all of these authentic ingredients, thanks for your help

            1. re: curiousaboutcafos

              In Thai recipes always assume its fresh peppercorns unless otherwise stated but yeah if you find a source for fresh green peppercorns hook it up as I've not found one yet.

              Most Thai cooks accept the fact that brined ones are the best they can do.

              1. re: Johnny L

                you have been amazing thanks a bunch for your help!

                when it says "shredded grachai" will that be easy for me to figure out? i assume if something is in a brine it will be wet, I am trying to figure out how one would shred something like a grachai. do you have any resources for me to watch or read to learn how to shred grachai? 

                still waiting to hear back from lax, I'd like to know for sure before I head out there. Someone says they have gotten thai basil (same thing as bai grapow?) at Silom in hollywood/los angeles it seems,
                someone in that thread also recommends a santa monica farmers market on wednesday for the bai grapow . . . 

                san diego specialty produce i am emailing, looks like they are wholesale, we will see
                i will keep you posted . . 

                1. re: curiousaboutcafos

                  You can buy it pre-shredded in a jar from LAX-C, also I doubt they will reply to you, I would just go there.

                  Sometimes florist might actually have holy basil since some like their flowers too.

      3. Go to North Hollywood. There are a few Thai market that I know one is called BangRak Market another one is called Pratunam Super Market

        Holy Basil might not be available until near summer time but you can find the fingerroot (GraChai) both in a jar and also in the frozen section. I like to use the frozen one more than the one in brine. They have both already julienned and whole. Also if you are looking for peppercorn, they have them frozen too.

        If you can't find them there, Lax-C or the smaller market belong to the same owner in Hollywood, Silom Market and another BangRak market also on Hollywood blvd. should have them.