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where to find fresh kaffir lime leaves in nyc

Good to know! I finally found a kaffir lime leaf plant and it has slowly grown over a three year period and it supplies me with all the lime leaves I need plus plenty more! Got it in Chinatown.

Sep 08, 2012
alismith2 in Manhattan

the absolute hands-down best Thai food I have found in Manhattan or the boroughs since 2006

Marc--I am so much more impressed with Bangkok Tasty than with Sripraphai. When a bunch of us tried Sripraphai, it must have been an off night. Also, my expectations were huge and I thought it would be outstanding. I was disappointed with my entree and one of our party (a Bangkok Tasty fan) also was not happy with what he ordered, but everyone at my table did like the mango sticky rice. My daughter has tried many more Thai places in Queens than I have, and she says the Bangkok Tasty is her favorite. I have tried from high end to moderate in the city and would not rush back to any of them. I think it makes a huge difference if the kitchen is Thai or not. There are complexities of flavors in the sauces and the curries at B.T. that are inspiring to me, since I consider myself pretty good at nailing what is in a dish just by tasting it. That is why I want to learn from the chef at BT, because I want to learn his technique in layering flavors. Unlike Harlan, I did like the old mostly-takeout BT with just a few tables and with an open view of the kitchen. I find the new remodel place a little dark, and would love it if they had some tables on the sidewalk and went more for funk and less for decor. But who cares, I love the food and will go back every time I am in Astoria. Where do you recommend in Woodside?

Aug 17, 2009
alismith2 in Outer Boroughs

the absolute hands-down best Thai food I have found in Manhattan or the boroughs since 2006

It is soooooo worth the trip! In terms of spice and heat levels, the medium is a solid amount of heat, but if you like "Thai spicy" they are definitely up to the challenge. Another winner is the Spicy Fish Soup (Tom Yum). I haven't been to Thailand, but I am guessing this is exactly what it would taste like on the streets and in certain regions. Under the "Sauteed" section of their menu, my daughter is a big fan of the Thai Chile Basil Eggplant (#10), which is eggplant, string bean, onion, roasted chili pepper, carrot, and basil. We didn't get it last night, but it will be my next dish to try there. Portions are generous. I wish I had saved room for the mango sticky rice. The owners and chef are Thai, btw.

Aug 16, 2009
alismith2 in Outer Boroughs

the absolute hands-down best Thai food I have found in Manhattan or the boroughs since 2006

Bangkok Tasty in Astoria, Queens. I had dinner last night with my daughter who has eaten there consistently for the past four years and is a devoted fan. We shared a green papaya salad, and it was outstanding. I would not let the waitress remove the plate until I had eaten every bit of the dressing. I entertained the idea of asking for a small take-out container so I could take the dressing home and try to emulate it. But it was so good I consumed every last drop.

My daughter got the Green curry (vegetable) and I got the Pad Kee Mao, which was the wide rice noodles with vegetables, tofu, and a wicked garlic and Thai basil sauce. Both were exceptional. I am a cook, and can tend to be a bit hyper-critical, but my only criticism is that the chef doesn't teach cooking classes? Why not? I would be the first person to sign up!

Anyway, if you are serious Thai restaurant hound, then you need to get out to Astoria. Here is a good strategy--eat there but make sure to get an entree to go so you can have dinner at home the next night. I did that with the Green Curry, and just had some tonight. There was so much sauce that I could add some of my own fresh vegetables to it as I reheated it and could then "stretch" the sauce. btw, our total bill, including the green papaya salad, three entrees (one of them was to go), was $35.

I haven't found any Thai restaurant anywhere that is better, and I have tried several. If anyone else goes there, will you please ask them to ask the chef to do some cooking classes? Maybe if enough people ask, he will say yes.

They are at 29-06 23rd Ave. in Astoria. If they only had an outdoor cafe, they would be mobbed. I was hesitant to write a review because I don't want it to get "discovered" but then I realized that is pretty ridiculous. Their website is bangkoktasty.com. I grabbed a menu on my way out so I can plan ahead next time and order to go.

Aug 16, 2009
alismith2 in Outer Boroughs

Self-catering our wedding?

How about fish tacos? You could grill the fish, have someone frying the tortillas, you can make the Mexican slaw ahead of time (grated cabbage, cilantro, garlic, fresh lime juice, jalapeno, veganaise, minced purple onion, and cubed avocado), and grill a firm fish like tilapia or marinated shrimp.

You could also have a pot of black beans going, a homemade Spanish rice, the fish tacos with the Mexican slaw, and big wedges of papaya with fresh lime. Good dancing food!

Mar 12, 2008
alismith2 in General Topics

Where can I find black glutinous rice?

Isn't that a great store? Did they actually have the kaffir lime leaves back in stock? Fresh or frozen, that is? They were out for about 6 months and were out the last time I was there, about 3 weeks ago.

Mar 12, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

Anson Mills Grits Where to?

I ordered mine online from their website and got them a few days later. Admittedly the shipping is almost as much as the product. got the grits, also got their corn meal and their polenta. Made a fabulous cornbread with their corn meal, out of the Angelica Home Kitchen cookbook. made the grits and actually ended up cooking them about an hour total, since they are very coarse. Next time I make the cornbread, am going to incorporate some of the cooked grits into the batter. Great mill. they also have on their wholesale side, a masa mix for making your own organic masa in order to make tortillas. might be the answer to all of our NYC fresh masa cravings.

Mar 12, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

Where can I find black glutinous rice?

I am really happy with the quality of the black glutinous rice at Bangkok Center Grocery on Mosco. I go there regularly for my Thai ingredients and am still working my way through a bag of the black sticky rice. Make mine by cooking the rice until soft, then I add dried mango and simmer another 1/2 hour, then I add the coconut milk and sweetener (agave plus a little palm sugar), then I serve it with a spoonful of the coconut milk and chunks of fresh mango. It is superb. Anyway, Bangkok Center Grocery (closes at 6 on Tuesday but until 8 otherwise). Cheers.

Mar 11, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

Where to buy a cast-iron tortilla press in Manhattan or Queens

Great news--do you happen to remember the location of the place in Chinatown? I will try the Bowery places. Are you making your own tortillas? If so, what masa are you using? Thanks!

Mar 08, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

fresh masa

Want to start making my own tortillas--can't find good fresh ones, so as soon as i find a press, I am going to start making my own. Best I ever had were fresh made in Guatemala (all over Guatemala), and that is what I'm aspiring to do. If I get good at it, I will start to sell them on a small scale. does anyone know of a source of fresh masa? Thanks.

PS just made an amazing batch of red-chile blue-corn chicken posole with lime and cilantro , from the base mix from Los Chilleros. I highly recommend their dried posole mix. I added chopped onion, cubed chicken breast, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice and salt to their basic mix and it is outstanding. Now just need to make those fresh corn tortillas......

Mar 07, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

Where to buy a cast-iron tortilla press in Manhattan or Queens

Want to start making my own corn tortillas, and want to find a cast-iron hand tortilla press. Also looking for ideas on making masa dough for tamales without lard or shortening. thanks, everyone.

Mar 07, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

Posole anybody?

As a transplanted New Mexican, I am looking for posole so I can make a batch. Used to buy it frozen in Santa Fe, then would slow cook a turkey-posole-red chile stew for hours. Would be happy to find some dried posole, either blue or white, to make my stew with. Anybody seen any posole out there? It looks like dried feed corn, except more white than yellow, and sometimes is made from blue corn, and looks dark blue-purple. Thanks, and hello to all you transplanted New Mexicans.

Jan 17, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

where to find fresh kaffir lime leaves in nyc

Bangkok Center Grocery on Mosco has no immediate source.

Jan 06, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

where to find fresh kaffir lime leaves in nyc

I called that place in Chelsea Market and they were out. Hopefully
Kalustyan's. Has anyone actually seen them at Fairway recently?

Jan 06, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

where to find fresh kaffir lime leaves in nyc

Wanted to actually get them at a retail store in the city (have been spoiled by a great supply that recently stopped at the Bangkok Center Grocery on Mosco St. in Chinatown. But I called Kalustyan's tonight and they do have them, miraculously, and they are supposedly fresh (I wouldn't mind frozen, since I freeze them once I get home anyway). Thanks for your link suggestion, though. Definitely looks like a viable source. A.

Jan 05, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan

where to find fresh kaffir lime leaves in nyc

Can't find fresh lime leaves anymore at Bangkok Center grocery in Chinatown. Anyone know where they currently sell fresh Kaffir lime leaves? Or frozen? Thanks!

Jan 05, 2008
alismith2 in Manhattan