Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sweet Panda Asian Market coming soon to South Side.

NextPittsburgh profiles Noi Chaisri, the owner of Thai Me Up and Sweet Panda Asian Market opening soon on the South Side.
Chaisri says it’s common for guests at Thai Me Up to ask where they can buy a particular ingredient used in their cooking, and until now, she would send them across town. It didn’t take long for her to decide that it made more sense to open her new storage space to the public as a market.

Sweet Panda will stock mostly Thai products alongside some Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino fare. Expect to find fresh lemongrass and basil alongside specialty soy sauces, purple yams, vegan tofu and other hard-to-find items.

Sweet Panda will also sell prepared meals, “like an Asian version of GetGo,” laughs Chaisri. They’ll open early so customers can pick up Thai beef jerky with sticky rice for breakfast, or snag some ginger chicken for supper on the way home. They’re also thinking of offering some curries that aren’t on the menu next door.
Sweet Panda will open later this summer at 114 S. 23rd St., next to her restaurant (map).