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Thai fresh vegetables, ISO

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I’m doing more and more Thai cooking and am looking for a source of Thai fresh ingredients such as Thai basil, Kafir lime leaves, Thai eggplant, young ginger etc. Ideally I would like to find an Asian green grocer where they sell to the Thai community so the products would turn over quickly and be reasonably priced. If that’s not available in my area then a high end supermarket that caters to foodies would be OK too. Does Whole Foods, Fairway or Trader Joe’s carry these items? I live in Norwalk, CT 06850 about 35 miles easy of New York City. Thanks!

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  1. There is a great Chinese market in Norwalk off of 123. it is in a strip mall just up from Wendys (or maybe it is a burger king, I cannot remember). They have fresh frozen lime leaves and frozen galangal and lots of different vinegars, soys and noodles . Whole foods in Darien usually has fresh Lemongrass and has Chinese eggplant ( again most of the time). Good luck.

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    1. re: ctfoodie

      2 CT Foodie-I shop @ Oriental Food Market on Route 123 frequently. I live near there. What I'm looking for is more of a Asian produce market in the area. Do you know of any?
      Thanks!

      1. re: ctfoodie

        I am afraid I do not. I get my "Asian" goods. the two places I mentioned. I have been to Daido Japanese market in White Plaines. I really went for sashimi grade fish, so I was not paying attention to the fresh produce but I know I saw some. It might be worth the trip.

        1. re: ctfoodie

          Oh I forgot. I also shop at Fuji mart right off of exit 5. Really a Japanese market. Much smaller than the one in WP. They have some fresh vegetables but it is limited. They do have very good fresh fish as well.

          1. re: ctfoodie

            Thanks, I'll have to check Fuji Mart out, sounds very interesting. I just discovered Patel Brothers Indian Supermarket on Route 1 in Norwalk (in the Best Buy shopping center) . Have you been there? Lots of Indian culinary products sold @ reasonable prices. They have a small produce section with some interesting items. Worth a trip......

            1. re: zackly

              You know I have noticed it but never been. I rarely go to that part of town. I will have to make a point of stopping by. Thanks for the tip.