Jump to content


Welcome to the eG Forums!

These forums are a service of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts. Anyone can read the forums, however if you would like to participate in active discussions please join the Society.

Photo

Unusual Thai ingredients


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 patrickamory

patrickamory
  • participating member
  • 1,497 posts
  • Location:New York

Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:48 PM

Sourced by Andy Ricker for his new Pok Pok in New York:

http://newyork.serio...tml#show-249226

I would seriously kill to lay my hands on some of these, some of which he sources from a Florida grower who imports seeds from Thailand. The larger, softer dried chiles, the homemade shrimp paste (I have considered trying David Thompson's recipe for this), sadao, khao tawng, bai makhok, and apple eggplant that's truly delicious and flavorful eaten raw on its own (the ones I find don't even have much bitterness - they're mainly textural carriers for nahm priks and the like).

"Why don't we ever see them at Thai markets? Ricker's theory: the community knows what day and time the herbs come in, and they buy the store out immediately."

I think this is exactly true - even to get something as relatively well known as holy basil, you have to get Bangkok Center Grocery in Chinatown here early in the day - the guy has told me that they have a rush on that stuff and it's generally gone by mid-afternoon.

So frustrating! But this does make me want to go to Pok Pok - maybe as real Thai cuisine gets more well known here, the ingredients will become more common.

#2 patrickamory

patrickamory
  • participating member
  • 1,497 posts
  • Location:New York

Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:46 PM

Went to Bangkok Center Grocery in NYC's Chinatown today... as usual the holy basil bin had already been picked clean at 1 PM. Bought bird chiles, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, coriander with roots on, fresh turmeric and a bunch of other stuff, but none of the more unusual items above was available there or at the southeast Asian grocers on Bayard or Mulberry.

Anyone able to find this stuff locally?

Edited by patrickamory, 17 June 2012 - 06:47 PM.


#3 KennethT

KennethT
  • participating member
  • 883 posts
  • Location:New York, NY

Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:24 PM

Just came back from pok pok a few hours ago. Got there at 6:30 and already an hour wait. Totally worth it. Best Thai food since I was in Thailand a few years ago. Really made me miss it, and brought back many memories of that trip to Chiang Mai.

#4 C. sapidus

C. sapidus
  • participating member
  • 2,583 posts
  • Location:Maryland

Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:39 PM

Sounds like I need to hit pok pok next trip to NYC. I would love to try all of those different herbs and spices in the article that Patrick linked. The larb spice mix sounded particularly intriguing.

We do grow holy basil in the garden, and one plant usually supples a summer's worth of grapao.

Edited by C. sapidus, 17 June 2012 - 08:41 PM.


#5 Kim D

Kim D
  • participating member
  • 244 posts
  • Location:NYC and the North Fork

Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:52 AM

Living out in the country, I've had to grow my own Thai ingredients. Last year I grew Thai basil, three kinds of Thai chilies, three kinds of Thai eggplants (long green, round purple, round green), lemongrass. This year I've added holy basil, pea eggplants, wing beans, drumstick, yam beans, Thai corn. I also have two kaffir lime trees. Should be a good year for Thai cooking.

That said, I would love to go to pok pok on my next trip in to the city!

Edited by Kim D, 19 June 2012 - 05:00 AM.

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. - Carl Sagan

#6 KennethT

KennethT
  • participating member
  • 883 posts
  • Location:New York, NY

Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:51 AM

Kim - where did you get your seeds? I found this place: evergreenseeds.com - it's a Yahoo store (temporarily closed until June 20th) but I don't know if there's somewhere better out there...

#7 HungryC

HungryC
  • participating member
  • 1,498 posts
  • Location:greater New Orleans

Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:04 AM

Kim - where did you get your seeds? I found this place: evergreenseeds.com - it's a Yahoo store (temporarily closed until June 20th) but I don't know if there's somewhere better out there...

For herb seeds, try Baker Creek Heirloom seeds...a huge variety of basils, lots of other Asian-cooking herbs (shiso, etc). See the basils here: http://rareseeds.com...roducts&Submit=

#8 Kim D

Kim D
  • participating member
  • 244 posts
  • Location:NYC and the North Fork

Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:35 PM

Kim - where did you get your seeds? I found this place: evergreenseeds.com - it's a Yahoo store (temporarily closed until June 20th) but I don't know if there's somewhere better out there...

Last year I got my seeds from Baker Creek. This year, a friend brought seeds back from Thailand. I've planted seeds from both sources this year. I am interested to see how the Thai cucumber (noticed my first flower just now) will taste.
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. - Carl Sagan