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    Thai Food: Finding Ingredients in Japan

    By thomas | March 19, 2008

    Thai Flag - Find Thai Food In JapanI’m not a great cook, but I do enjoy cooking. Thai food is among my favorite varieties of food, so when I do get around to cooking often I will make Thai food. But oh no, where am I to find lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galanga, coconut cream and little Thai peppers in Japan? The local grocery store doesn’t have them. If I’m lucky an import store might stock them, but chances are they won’t have everything I need. I wish there was a place to order Thai ingredients (especially hard-to-find produce) online so that it will be delivered to my house. Oh wait, there is!

    Thai Food In Japan

    This list isn’t heavily researched. I haven’t made purchases from all of these stores, so I can’t compare them as far as service goes. But it should give you a starting point. If you want to find Thai ingredients in Japan, here are some options you can try (in random order):

    You can also try Kaldi

    Thai Restaurants In Japan

    If you don’t feel like cooking you can always dine in. Search for Thai restaurants here:

    Do you know of any other places to grab Thai ingredients in Japan? How about some other variety of food? I’d love to make a series of similar posts on how to find Mexican food, Indian food, Swedish food, etc. Post your favorite import food links in the comments!

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    13 Responses to “Thai Food: Finding Ingredients in Japan”

    1. www.japansoc.com Says:
      March 19th, 2008 at 8:49 am

      How To Thai Ingredients in Japan | nihonhacks.com…

      I live in Japan. I love Thai food. Sometimes I want to cook Thai food, but I can’t exactly walk into a grocery store and expect to find rows of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galanga waiting for me. Oh no! Fortunately there are some resources …

    2. Pouncy Says:
      March 19th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

      This is the motherlode of links for foreign ingredients in Japan as I know it.

      http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=32780

    3. Sucr Says:
      March 19th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

      They stock coconut milk in my local super (Gyomu)

    4. hadji Says:
      March 20th, 2008 at 7:36 am

      The Asian Market in Ueno has the best prices and selection hands down.

    5. john k Says:
      March 23rd, 2008 at 1:50 pm

      I use
      http://www.thai-market.co.jp

      they have frozen and fresh ingrediaents, they deliver too. I too have found it hard finding good thai ingredients, luckily this shop has it. Took me for ever to find good qaulity ingredients too….hot chillies are very hard to find!

    6. Norris Hall Says:
      March 23rd, 2008 at 3:53 pm

      Hi. If you are interested in cooking Thai food try
      http://www.thaifoodtonight.com
      It’s got about 30 recipes each one with a cooking video to go along
      Good if you like to try cooking Thai food at home
      Cheers

    7. T-later Says:
      March 24th, 2008 at 3:57 am

      Many thanks for this very helpful post!
      Now I don’t have to travel across town to get my hands on my favorite Thai sauce!

    8. francois Says:
      March 26th, 2008 at 4:26 am

      Muji stocks a really good pad thai kit
      just add moyashi, nira, lemon and crushed peanuts

    9. carolie Says:
      June 23rd, 2008 at 8:14 am

      http://www.importfood.com, oddly enough, has been wonderful for me! Their shipping is very cheap, and they will ship fresh lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves (both of which freeze very well), galangal, Thai limes, Thai chiles, etc. directly and quickly! They also have recipes and they often have specials and sales.

    10. Mamta Says:
      November 7th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

      The best I’ve found is at the basement of the Ameyoko Building, in Ameyoko (Okachimachi)!. You can get fre Thai Lime, galangal, unripe green papaya, guavas, fresh lemongrass.. green mangoes, thai chillies.. the lot of it! Engjoy Cooking!

    11. Elisa Says:
      October 7th, 2009 at 3:16 am

      I would like to know where I could find whole husked fresh MATURE coconut in Japan. I have heard that some Thai stores would might be importing them, but as far as I checked at the websites, I couldn’t find any…

    12. nonthawat Says:
      December 25th, 2009 at 11:47 am

      Thank you very much. This forum very useful information.

      I hope you can take the time to visit the website, http://www.thai-food.in.th. It is only just beginning but I think you will eventually find it to be a great resource to learn about Thai food basics and beyond.

      No one can argue about the popularity of Thai food today. From Tokyo to Toronto and all places in between you will find, at the very least, one restaurant serving the increasingly popular fare. Simply peruse your local bookstore’s cooking section and you’ll find multiple titles dedicated to Thai food. Why such great interest in the dishes of this small country located at the center of Southeast Asia? Inside the website http://www.thai-food.in.th we will try to explain the phenomenon by bringing you the depth of Thai cuisine. This includes the regional differences among similar as well as varying dishes. We hope you will learn the amazing variety that exists from the spicy grilled Laps in the North to the smooth and fiery Gaengs in the South. 

      In addition to exploring the basics of Thai food, http://www.thai-food.in.th will provide helpful explanations of Thai ingredients including the various herbs, fruits and vegetables that are common to the tropical country. We’ll teach you about naturally sweet Thai desserts and the common Thai beverages that accompany Thai food.

      As the website grows, we’ll be adding recipes so you can try your hand at creating exotic Thai dishes as well as bringing you on a face-to-face journey to stalls, stands and restaurants around Bangkok and the country so you can see, first hand, how the Thais enjoy their unique and complex cuisine. We’ll include some of the most popular places to find particular Thai dishes and, hopefully, get a couple of secret recipes along the way.

      I hope you can take the time to visit our website, http://www.thai-food.in.th. We are only just beginning but our hope is that, as time goes by, you’ll find it to be a great resource. We hope that whether you are just beginning your exploration of Thai food or you are looking to expand your understanding, you will find what you need at http://www.thai-food.in.th.

    13. Tataya Kudo Says:
      August 17th, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Try Asia Supermarket or Thailand Shop at Kinshicho. You can get fresh Thai lime juice, young coconut, green mango, chili paste, shrimp paste, fish sauce, etc.

      At Thailand shop, they also serve some hot & quick Thai Food like noodles, fried rice, barbecued pork, etc.
      I just dined in today. I think the noodles had just right flavour , very closed to what I usually had in Bangkok.

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