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San Pablo Thai Markets – Hmong smoked pork and beef


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San Pablo Thai Markets – Hmong smoked pork and beef

rworange | | Jun 21, 2007 10:03 PM

I finally checked out the last of the three Thai markets in San Pablo. The fourth market on Rumrill that just has a sign saying “Fish & Bait” has had a sign on the door for a while saying “temporarily closed”.

I don’t have a lot of Thai food experience so this is more of a gringo’s experience. Someone who is Thai might have a very different opinion.


I like this market the best. It is well-organized, clean, the produce is the freshest and there is a larger selection. There are lots of clear plastic containers of house-made condiments and sauces like chili sauce and fish sauce.

They have an excellent-looking selection of frozen fish, meat, veggies and sausages.

The owner is very nice and helpful too. They have fewer plastic trays of prepared food. It has a little kitchen and one table in the back.


This is a small market with narrow aisles. There are a few boxes of decent looking produce up front. They had some nice cherries today. There’s a small refrigerated case with drinks, and cryo-vacked packages of Hmong smoked pork and Hmong smoked beef. There were boxes of refridgerated sweet tamarind. They also rent Thai videos. I didn’t see any prepared food. The owner was nice.

MEKONG MARKET (aka Houa Khong Market)

This market has two signs with two different names. I just can’t warm up to this market. It is like Luang Nampha with narrow aisles and items seemingly spilling off the shelves. They have a larger selection than Luang Nampha, but it just seems dustier, older and more wilted.

They carry the same brand of Hmong smoked pork and beef. There are sausages and beef tendon balls. There is a larger selection of cryo-vacked or frozen veggies and produce like small mango ‘with dip’. Have no clue. Didn’t even look like mango.

In the back an only freezer case is filled with bags of chewing tobacco that perfumes that section. The back of the store is packed with bags of rice and dried noodles. Up front there are a few veggies and wilted greens. They had a tray of spring rolls, a big tub of red chili sauce, and … this still isn’t registering because it seems bizarre … a paper bag filled with un-iced small flat fish.

They also rent Thai videos. They pretty much ignore gringos … sizing you up correctly as someone who isn’t going to buy a thing. They are not nasty, it is just like you don't exist ... an invisible ghost walking thru the store. This site about East Bay Thai markets likes them better than I do and says they get fresh holy basil on Tuesday.

That Luang Market
1610 23rd St.
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 232-2625

Luang Nampha Market
1865 Rumrill Blvd Ste G … about a block from Food Barn
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 233-2611

Mekong Market … aka Houa Khong Market
2043 23rd St … in the Grocery Outlet strip mall
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 233-9542