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1-stop for holy basil, fresh durian, & every flavor ramen

The city’s first Thai supermarket in 12 years is open

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Location: IL-Chicago

Story Date: 12/11/2019

Author: Mike Sula

Ka Pow" is the accidental way Ocimum tenuiflorum, aka holy basil, aka ใบกะเพรา, aka ka-prao, announces its presence among the produce at Talard Thai Asian Market. All that's missing on the label is an exclamation point and the clenched fist of a superhero to communicate the seriousness of this intoxicating green herb's arrival in Edgewater, where Supasin "Pete" Ratchadapronvanich and Simon Atapan have opened a dedicated Thai market—let's call it a supermarket—the scale and ambition of which the city hasn't enjoyed since the closing of the beloved Thai Grocery almost 12 years ago.

Place Category: Food & Drink and Shopping

Story Category: New Places