Thailand Plaza is hardly the exciting destination L.A. guidebooks make it out to be. But, tucked away in the small Thai-town complex is one spot offering a gastronomic adventure: Silom Supermarket.

A “C” rating adorns Silom Supermarket’s main entrance. The interior is not dirty but rather dimly-lit and well-worn. Looking for fish? Bag your own catch from one of the many open ice chests. Interested in pre-prepared foods like Tom Yum soup, vermicelli with sliced beef, or egg rolls? Grab yourself a few packages off the shelf as you wait to check out.

Okay, so we can’t be 100% sure that Silom Supermarket properly handles perishable food. But, where else can you find a bundle of kaffir lime leaves for $1, a dozen varieties of fish sauce at around $2, and large cans of straw mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and other asian staples for about half the price as anywhere else? Its selection of thai sweets – made of coconut, exotic fruits, and rice in a multitude of shapes and colors – is also impressive. Finally, the supermarket sells bulk items and cooking supplies. In fact, judging from the voluminous contents in their shopping carts, many of Silom’s patrons appear to be restauranteurs.

The best time to shop at Silom Supermarket is on the weekend. Vendors sell fried goodies like curry puffs and banana fritters in the parking structure.

Neighborhood: Hollywood
Address: 5321 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 993-9000
Parking: In Thailand Plaza structure (40 minutes free with validation. Validation with $5 purchase.)
Hours: Everyday 9am-8pm


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