True, this narrow shop rents Thai videos and hosts a Thai-language community bulletin board, but the featured attractions are the Thai treats that fill the refrigerator case and cover most of the counter. Some are commercially packaged; other bear the name of one of several local restaurants. And not a few, including the corn-studded rice flour and coconut milk sweets called khanom khrok chow wung (eight for $3), are labeled only with the name and cell number of a very-small-scale confectioner. Unless you're prepared to place a phone order in Thai, the surest way to find them is to stop by the club.
Also shown: molded taro paste laced with coconut, coconut milk, and sugar (six for $3); oven-dried baby finger bananas (about 30, 7 oz., $3); a leaf-cupped item (one of five, 7 oz. total, $2.50) that the cashier assured me was sweet. That was true of the yolklike bean-paste center (mung bean, I presume), but the first and most notable flavor, which imbued the surrounding glutinous rice, proved to be black pepper. An acquired taste.
81-20 Broadway (81st-82nd Sts.), Elmhurst, Queens