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Washington Markets with Thai Ingredients

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The list was last updated in 2012 so it may be out-of-date.

Seattle Area

Kasma has a number of advanced students up in the Seattle area. Here are their three recommended markets and some of their comments. (All comments are by students.)

One asterisk (*) indicates a good market.

*Viet Wah
12 Jackson Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 329-1399 www.vietwah.com
  • Viet Wah on South Jackson continues to be my favorite. ... Just wandering around the International District can be fun and productive. I sometimes buy from other stores (but don't notice names), but most often return to Viet Wah. (March, 2007)
  • Viet Wah is a Vietnamese supermarket which had all kinds of goodies. They have a great fish market (it looks typically asian and chaotic). ... I always shop at Viet Wah in Seattle or Uwaji's when on the Eastside. (March, 2007)
  • It is good 'n' cheap and authentic with all the hard-to-find dried food stuff you could want. Their fruit 'n' vegetables are a bit limited. (March, 2007)
Mekong Market
3400 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 723-9641
  • I was pleasantly surprised to find fresh cha om at the Mekong Market in Seattle this week. They also had fresh wing beans (well not totally fresh – but decent). I only began shopping at this market recently, but will likely continue. There are a very friendly bunch of employees there of several different nationalities (Thai, Lao, Vietnamese). They also had “snakehead” fish. (May, 2012)
600 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-6248
15555 NW 24th St.
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 747-9012
  • Corporate and westernized, but they've got a good sized + quality selection of vegetables, fish and meat. Got a selection of fish sauce, curry paste and coconut milk but a bit lacking on the esoteric dried ingredients - for those go to Viet Wah. Also NO selection of kitchen utensils, Viet Wah and other Chinese wholesale markets on S. Jackson are a lot better. (March, 2007)
  • Uwajimaya is a higher end Japanese store which has locations on the Eastside (near Microsoft) and also in Seattle's Chinatown. There's lots of other smaller stores around the china town area that are worth a quick look. That said, I always shop at Viet Wah in Seattle or Uwaji's when on the Eastside. (March, 2007)
  • Uwajimaya is good, but very expensive on most things. (March, 2007)

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