Wondering where can you even get your mitts on Thai spices and dried squid to make the wild dishes in the new “Pok Pok” cookbook a reality? Why, the same places Pok Pok owner Andy Ricker does. True, the Pok Pok NY chef gets most of his ingredients from wholesalers, and even brings back some from his frequent visits to Thailand, but these are the Southeast Asian stores he turns to in a pinch:
6301 Eighth Ave. between 63rd and 64th streets in Borough Park, (718) 680–0118
This giant market across from Maimonides Medical Center is a go-to for vegetables, dried squid, and all kinds of sauces.
“Whatever we’re short on that we’re not getting from our suppliers, I’ll get from them,” said Ricker.
Recently, he ran to the market to grab baby octopus for his newest Columbia Street venture, Whiskey Soda Lounge NY, and a vinegar he uses for the bar’s deep-fried pig ears.
123 Lexington Ave. at 28th Street in Manhattan, (212) 685–3451
If for some reason you find yourself in the netherlands of Manhattan, you can get all the spices for laap meuang at this famous Indian specialty shop. “It’s a pretty amazing store,” said Ricker. “They’ve got other things besides spices, too.”
104 Mosco St. between Mulberry and Mott streets in Manhattan, (212) 349–1979
Again, we would not normally recommend venturing this far northwest, but if you need very specific Thai ingredients to rush back to your brownstone, this place is a reliable bet.
“If I need specific brands of palm sugar, or maybe I need some fresh turmeric, I can pick it up here,” he said.