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San Francisco Markets with Thai Ingredients

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San Francisco Markets:   Chinatown  |  Clement Street  |  Tenderloin District  |  Other Neighborhoods

This is just a partial list of the many Asian markets in San Francisco, California. You should expect to visit several markets in order to find all everything you need. It's very hard to find Kasma's favorite fish sauces Golden Boy and Scales brands.

* & ** – given for stores with a good (*) or better (**) selection of Thai ingredients.

San Francisco City – Chinatown

We last walked Chinatown in 2007 but did not take detailed notes. In general the markets there are not very impressive when it comes to Thai ingredients and Kasma's preferred brands. There are, however, a couple outstanding fresh fish markets on Stockton Street, just below Broadway. We'll try to add those names at some point. Parking in Chinatown is always a problem.

San Francisco – Clement Street

There are some good markets on Clement Street but a poor parking situation. The markets seemed somewhat more Chinese in orientation. There are a couple good places for fresh seafood. Parking is almost always bad.
 

** New May Wah Market
707-719 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-2583
A large market. Our favorite part was the extremely fresh looking fish and an excellent selection of frozen foods (fish, shrimp, etc.). This would probably be our first stop on this part of Clement Street. (July 2008)
* Lien Hing Supermarket Number 3
400 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-6333
A good market with fresh fish, a good frozen foods section, and a decent selection of Thai products.
T & L Market
339 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-2166
When we went in July 2008 they had some Crispy Rice Crackers in very good shape – a sometimes hard-to-find ingredient. They had an otherwise decent selection. (July 2008)

San Francisco – The Tenderloin

The quality of the markets in the Tenderloins is inconsistent both in terms of ingredient availability and freshness of the produce – on a good day, they are quite good. If I lived in San Francisco I'd make a mid-morning trip there when the parking is good.
 

Battambang Market
339 Eddy St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-474-6436
A good market at times but you're never quite sure what you'll find. Sometimes they have kaffir lime leaves, sometimes not. Produce quality varies as well. A lot of ingredients in a small space. (Noted in July 2008)

San Francisco – Other

Ming Lee Trading Inc.
759 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 217-0088
Judging from the Yelp reviews, this as a great store for Asian American Snacks. I include it here because it apparently sometimes has Golden Boy fish sauce, one of Kasma's favorites. Here's what a student of Kasma's says: "I checked Ming Lee today. They don't have Golden Boy right now, though it has an amazing selection of Chinese and Japanese bottled liquids (soy, vinegars, oils, etc.) in a clean and spacious setting. For everything other than fish sauce, it's my new go-to place in Chinatown. Thanks!" (June, 2010)
** Manila Oriental Market
4175 Mission St
(between Ney St & Trumbull St)
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 337-7272
We have visited three times (last time, July 2008) and the seafood has always been very fresh – it's really worth a visit just for the seafood. (Note, on a September 2008 visit it was not as fresh; still good, just not great.) They've also gotten very good with other Thai ingredients. If you want a hard to find cut of pork, they might well have it here.
* Sunset Supermarket
2801 Vicente St. (at 39th)
San Francisco, CA 94116
415-504-8188
Good market. They do lack favorite fish sauces but have most everything else. Very good looking seafood, both fresh and frozen. Great looking pig innards. (March 2004)
Sunset Supermarket
2425 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
415-682-3756
Recommended by a student in June 2008 as a big market with fresh ingredients. We visited in July 2008 and found an adequate selection of Thai ingredients. (July 2008)
Hwa Lei Market
2970A 16th Street (at Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-863-1618
This market was highly recommended by a email (August 2006) from someone who especially liked their produce and other hard-to-find Thai ingredients. We visited in September 2008 and thought it was O.K.
Duc Loi Supermarket
2200 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-551-1772
They reopened a month or so ago after being closed for about 4 years. The selection of produce is very varied, generally good quality and getting better (i.e. about 8 types of chili, both regular and red Thai. Thai basil, palm/banana leaves and a lot of things I've never heard of and I'm a cook). They also stock a lot of decent Thai ingredients, such as pastes, fish sauce, good coconut milk and the other basics. Not entirely sure they're all Kasma's preferred brands, but they're still filling up the shelves as they ramp up. (From one of Kasma's students, March 2009) As of June 2013 I'm told that they have Golden Boy Fish sauce and kaffir lime leaves. (June 2013)
San Bruno Market
2480 San Bruno Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94134
(415) 468-5788
It's mostly a Chinese market, but they have fantastically fresh fish, live crab and Maine lobster, (and live turtles and frogs), as well as fresh sweet basil, galangal, tumeric, fresh chilies, noodles, Thai rice, pickled mustard greens, etc. (From one of Kasma's students, September 2008)

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