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Traditional pad thai anywhere?

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Traditional pad thai anywhere?

Robert Lauriston | Jul 6, 2013 12:20 PM

I'm getting frustrated with my Oakland-Berkeley pad thai search. From what I read, it should include the following ingredients, few of which seem to be in any version I've had in recent years:

tamarind pulp
fish sauce
palm sugar
preserved radish or turnip (hua chai po)
shrimp paste in oil (gach tôm xao dau an or tôm nâu bún riêu)
shell-on dried shrimp (kung haeng)
chile flakes
Chinese garlic chives (gao choy)
banana blossom

How close can I get to that in the Bay Area? I'm about ready to give up and make it at home.

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