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SE Asian groceries (especially Thai)?

I'm looking for a good source of Thai groceries, particularly produce. The mostly Chinese markets such as Hong Kong Supermarket do OK with non-perishables, but I'm having a hard time finding produce such as galangal, lime leaves, the right kind of chiles, etc. What's the best source in the Boston area?

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  1. Reliable Market in Somerville is worth a try, they have a lot of stuff, though their main focus is Korean and Japanese.

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    1. re: jajjguy

      I love Reliable for certain supplies, but it's not great for Thai ingredients. No steady supply of thai peppers, fresh (non-ramen) noodles, etc. As noted below, you're better off going to the Somerville Market Basket (but I've not found lime leaves there).

      1. re: trufflehound

        I second the Russo's suggestion: they have all the items you mention, and always have a big supply of packages of Thai basil.

        1. re: saulblum

          Russo's is reliable for many things, but galangal and lime leaves are not always available there.

      2. Market Basket in Somerville has galangal and sometimes tumeric, lots of fresh and dry chile options, bigger thai eggplants. They often have curry leaves but I'm not sure about lime leaves.

        1. Forgetting the name, but posted a while back about awesome Cambodian grocery in Lynn.

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          1. Don't know what kind of chilies you want, but H-Mart in Burlington has galangal and Eze Indian Market in Woburn has lime leaves.

            The produce section at H-Mart is huge, but I'm not too sure how much of it is Thai. I asked a Thai person that I met at a local farmer's market, where they got their Thai Basil rice and they said Lowell. Hope it helps a little.

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            1. re: mcel215

              In response to H-Mart a stone's throw away, the Burlington Market Basket carries lots of exotic produce like Thai basil and curry leaves. Priced competitively, and more reliably fresh than H-Mart, which can be hit-and-miss since there's no cooling or misting in H-Mart's produce counters.

            2. Kam Man in South Bay Center has expanded its offerings as a result of its recent remodeling, though the selection is still somewhat erratic. I've recently seen galangal, lemon grass, curry leaves, lime leaves, and several Vietnamese mints there, as well as Asian eggplants, bird chilies, Thai basil, banana flower buds, and various Asian greens. Still not as well-stocked as H Mart, but a whole lot more convenient for some of us.

              1. Angkor Thom, 157 Shirley Ave, near Revere Beach stop.

                1. Some of the Indian markets on Moody St. have Thai ingredients. If it's convenient for you, check out Waltham India Market. I once mentioned to a cashier that I couldn't find lime leaves, and she said they keep them behind the main register and pulled out a bag for me. I don't know how often they have them, though.

                  You can also check out Patel Bros. while your there, and you won't be too far from Russo's if you are driving.

                  1. battambang market and angkor thom market on shirley ave in revere

                    1. In the Boston area, I actually find the most reliable source for Thai and other Southeast Asian produce to be Russo's.

                      In Revere I often go to the Battambang Market, which is Cambodian, but has lots of Thai ingredients as well. I've also been to the Bangkok Market in Lowell, which has a lot of Thai produce (although I believe it's Cambodian owned as well). It's bigger than the Battambang market, but not particularly nice.

                      I haven't been to the Thuan Dat Supermarket in Quincy for a while, and I gather it may have changed names/owners and may be more Chinese and less Southeast Asian. There's also the Truong Thinh Market in Dorchester, which is Vietnamese, but may also have some of the ingredients you seek.