We just returned from a month in Thailand where I learned to make a few of my favorite dishes. I first tried the upscale Health Food stores to try and locate herbs, spices, and produce I had been using in Asia. They did not have anything I needed or too expensive! I googled 'Thai Markets in PDX' and Lily Market popped up. I read the reviews and decided to give it a try, it's a bit out of the city, but just 10 minutes on the highway, and I was there. Plenty of parking when I arrived around lunch time. I grabbed a cart and within 2 minutes the owner Sam introduced himself, I told him it was my first time here and he gave me a full guided tour of the market answering recipe and cooking techniques along the way. I was so surprised to see such an assortment of everything I had become accustomed to in Thailand! Things like fresh Galangal and a whole isle dedicated to just Curries! I spent over an hour here feeling very welcomed by the whole family and stayed for lunch in the cafe area, which was fantastic! The prices were also just barely above what I had been paying in Thailand considering it's almost 6,000 miles away! The produce was fresh, the meat selection was impressive, the noodles were homemade, and the staff went above and beyond! I'll be back, I didn't even get a chance to look at their beautiful dishes and cooking utinsils...which would make great gifts for culinary friends!
Pros: Great selection, prices, and service!
Cons: a bit out of the city, not far though!