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Mar 21, 2013 08:42 PM

Where to buy green curry paste & keffir lime leaves in Manhattan?

Hi All,

Where can I buy green curry paste & keffir lime leaves in Manhattan?


Also, is fish sauce easy to find?

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

    In Chinatown, try Bangkok Center Grocery. I've gotten curry paste, Thai eggplants, kaffir lime leaves, and more there. They're probably be best "one stop" Thai grocery store.

    Kalustyan's will also have a lot of these items.

    Fish sauce is fairly easy to find, yes.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thank you Kathryn, SGordan, and Jungman!

      Kathryn you were right, Bangkok Center Grocery was an amazing one stop shop with very sweet staff that made sure I got the right fish sauce etc.

      And it turned out deliciously!

      In fact, I followed Bangkok Center Grocery's recipe

      1. re: horseofcourse66

        Next you should try making your own green curry paste—really, really delicious!

    2. Green curry paste and fish sauce are very easy - any grocer in Chinatown, really. Of course, there are many different brands of green curry paste, and quality varies wildly. Many brands of fish sauce as well, but most of them are perfectly acceptable.

      Lime leaves are a little tougher. Bangkok Center Grocery, as Kathryn suggested, is probably one of the few places you'd find all three. Kalustyan's, I suspect as well - not sure if they have fish sauce off the top of my head but I suspect they do.

      If you're near the EV, check out Dual Specialty Store on 1st Ave. They're like a mini-Kalustyan's. Certainly they have lime leaf and pastes - fish sauce I can't remember, but it's available nearby if not, either in Chinatown or at Sunrise Mart.

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      1. re: sgordon

        Bangkok Center also carries both Maesri and Maeploy curry pastes which can be hard to find elsewhere.

        1. re: kathryn

          I prefer Mae Ploy to Maesri, personally, just wish it came in smaller containers - Maesri are convenient single-use, and come in WAY more varieties. The Mae Ploy are just too big, don't use them often enough before they start going off.

          (I'm also more apt to make my own from scratch, but the packaged ones are convenient for when I'm feeling lazy...)

      2. Fish sauce is not difficult to find, but if you're looking for a specific brand, you're better off heading to a large market in Chinatown such as New York Mart, Hong Kong Supermarket or Asia Market. All three also carry curry paste, though lime leaves are only occasionally available at Hong Kong or Asia Market in the freezers.

        The Thai restaurant in Chelsea market also sells a small selection of curry paste and fish sauce. They will sell lime leaves from behind the counter if you ask them.

        1. Bangkok Center Grocery is a great place and I'm glad you found everything you needed. But I thought I should add just for the record that Kalyustan's does carry all those things - curry leaves, kaffir lime leaves, kaffir limes, Mae Ploy and Maesri pastes, many kinds of fish sauce.

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          1. re: ratgirlagogo

            Thanks for the info ratgirlagogo! I have heard great things about Kalyustan too!

            1. re: ratgirlagogo

              Horseofcourse66, Kalustyan's doesn't have Thai eggplant, though, and they don't always have Thai basil when I've looked for it. Their strength is more in dry goods, not fresh produce.

              1. re: kathryn

                Ah Kathryn good to know!

                I don't think I will be cheating on Bangkok Center with Kalustyan's anytime soon.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Agree about the dry goods. And while I've never seen Thai eggplant there, they usually do have curry leaves, kaffir lime leaves, and thai basil. I was there just about two hours ago and they had all three. Not that cheap but they had them. Plenty of vegetable stands and supermarkets in Queens anyway carry Thai eggplant - but not that other stuff.
                  Anyway as I said please don't imagine I'm suggesting anyone NOT go to Bangkok Center - it's a great store.

                  1. re: ratgirlagogo

                    Thanks ratgirlagogo! I wouldn't dream you'd suggest not to go to Bangkok Center it's amazing!