Need to pick up a bunch of Vietnamese herbs before heading back to the Chow-less wasteland I now call home, and would like info on the market(s) *most likely* to have fresh, good-quality Vietnamese herbs, like Basil, Mint (hung cay & hung lui), Rau ram, Tia to and Kinh gioi. Anywhere is fine - either SGV or Little Saigon.
It seems to me that a lot of the SGV markets like 168, San Gabriel Superstore or Vien Dong, are hit or miss; one time, the herbs will be fresh, the next time they're tired. Normally, I'd just go from market to market until I found fresh herbs, but unfortunately my time is limited (have to cram in a bunch of chowing before the flight as well...last drink before the desert, y'know), so would like to maximize my chances of getting good herbs on the first one or two tries (last time, I guessed very poorly and went home empty handed).
Better to try Little Saigon? Which stores (I'm more familiar with SGV than Little Saigon)?
What about Farmer's Markets? I've seen Thai basil at some before, but what about the other herbs; any vendors selling those?
Also, has anyone seen potted VN herb plants for sale at any local stores/nurseries?