So this market has pre-made food on white Styrofoam trays ... sort of like the take-out food in Vietnamese sandwich shops.
They have these trays with six hard-boiled chicken eggs but there is a black spot on top. It comes with a little cup of thin orange dipping sauce. Any clue about these?
Don’t think they were salted duck eggs as those were bigger and wrapped in red paper in the veggie section.
I am so out of my element here. There were items that looked like Chinese sesame balls and some gelatinous stuff in the lurid colors that are similar to food I’ve seen in Vietnamese places.
Up front they had a whole popsicle cooler next to the register full of durian popsicles. I would have been up for it, but they only sold them in packs of three. I could see two durian popsicles retiring in my freezer for as long as I live here. Roberto has his limits on what he’ll eat.
This place smelled really good, very smoky. It had LOTS of frozen Thai food, fishes, meat, etc. If you want gallon jars of Sriracha sauce, this is the place. There are also sundries like dishes, baskets and cookware.
This site about East Bay Thai markets says:
“An excellent market with almost everything at great prices. Run by a Thai. Nearly all of Kasma's preferred brands, including her two favorite fish sauces (Golden Boy & Tra Chang).”
I have to agree with the assessment of That Luang Market at the other end of 23rd Street in San Pablo. While it doesn’t have as large of a stock as Heng Fath, what is there looks good ... but take that with my knowledge of Thai food ... That Luang has clear plastic containers of house-made condiments like fish sauce. 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, but I’m not sure if that is only used for the owner’s personal use or if they are planning to make food in the future. Language failed me. I found a new brand of sardine here – Dragonfly.
I guess I need to finally check out Tuk Tuk and see how these compare.
So any info about the eggs ... or packaged prepared food from a Thai grocery store?
(Wong Fat in phonebook)
435 23rd St.
Richmond, CA 94804
That Luang Market
1610 23rd St.
San Pablo, CA 94806