Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Asian Persuasion: Lao Trading Co.

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 6:29 AM

click to enlarge That's a lot of noodles...
  • That's a lot of noodles...

A while ago, after a visit to K&S World Market, I was lamenting the fact that I had trouble finding some traditional Thai ingredients. Someone pointed me in the direction of Lao Trading Co. on Eighth Avenue. Yesterday, after a stop at All Seasons to pick up a thyme plant (Gardens of Babylon has been out both times I've visited--go figure), I stopped by. Here was my haul:

2 stalks of lemongrass

1 largish piece of galangal (Thai ginger)

2.2 lbs of rice noodles (on sale for $3.99--my splurge item)

1 bottle of chili oil

1 16 oz. tub of palm sugar (one of those things I couldn't locate at K&S; here they had multiple brands)

2 small cans of coconut milk

1 large can of coconut milk

2 limes

My total bill: $11.11 (which for some reason gave the proprietor a big kick).

The place had tons more great stuff, including fresh rice and egg noodles, sausages and about 50 different brands of fish sauce. I will definitely be returning, even if they were out of chilis.

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