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 Post subject: favorite places in nyc to buy specialty ingredients?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:50 pm 
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Depite the fact that I've lived in nyc for 7 years I never quite nailed down great places for specialty ingredients. I just got a copy of vegan eats world for christmas and I'm dying to make everything! So tell me, what are your favorite places to buy asian, indian, carribean, middle eastern, etc ingredients? In Brooklyn and Queens especially!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:49 am 
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They're in Manhattan, but I get almost everything here: http://kalustyans.com/


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:45 pm 
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Dual (pronounced and sometimes spelled Dowel) on First Ave and 6th in Manhattan. Indian specialty. Lots of spices, obscure herbs, and international items. Cheap tahini. Everything is pretty affordable. Good beer selection too.

Tokyo Mart on Mulberry just south of Canal in Chinatown is pretty well stocked with pan-asian items and reasonably priced.

In Brooklyn you must know about Sahadi's?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:01 pm 
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For Asian stuff, I like Hong Kong Supermarket on Hester St. in Manhattan (it's huge and cheap by NYC standards!) May Wah (a market specialising in mock meats) is also near there. Depending on where you live, a trip to Flushing or Brooklyn Chinatown might be more convenient though? In Flushing there are a bunch of H-Marts (they specialize in Korean fare) and in Brooklyn Chinatown there are a whole bunch of Chinese markets... the biggest one I've been in is Fei Long on 8th Avenue, but I haven't tried all of them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:36 am 
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in manhattan, i second kalustyans. totally worth the trip but be prepared to open your wallet.
in queens (jackson heights), apna bazar and patel bros are my go tos


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:07 pm 
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I say yes to Dual (or Duwel) on 1st Ave, Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown and Kalyustan's - although with Kalyustan's they have SO much stuff but some of it I've found to be of questionable freshness.

in Queens, there's a few big Chinese supermarkets in the Elmhurst area - I know Great Wall is the name of one of them. And for awesome Latin stuffs, there's the Food Bazaar chain in Ridgewood (Brooklyn/queens border) although some of those stores are better than others.

but what I'm looking for nowadays is to get my hands on some fresh noodles for Thai stuff, specifically for pad see yew! I've never seen those nice fat puffy noodles anywhere, even dried. My online searching has lead me to some listings for stores in Woodside, but I'm also gonna check out a place called Bangkok Grocery in Chinatown.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:28 pm 
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There are also tons of indian places in jackson heights and the trade fair in jackson heights has tons of stuff, too

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:37 pm 
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I know the Hong Kong Supermarket in Elmhurst, but it totally intimidates me. Nothing is labelled in English and I am too scared of asking for help (the other customers are tough looking little old ladies). Also, I would have no clue if what I am buying is a good version or a bad version of that product...


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:59 pm 
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I started this thread and then totally forgot to keep up with it! Thanks for the suggestions!

Audrey wrote:
but what I'm looking for nowadays is to get my hands on some fresh noodles for Thai stuff, specifically for pad see yew! I've never seen those nice fat puffy noodles anywhere, even dried. My online searching has lead me to some listings for stores in Woodside, but I'm also gonna check out a place called Bangkok Grocery in Chinatown.


I'd love to hear any results from your noodle search! Noodles for pad see ew is exactly one of the things I'd like to track down. I do know Sahadi's, although I haven't been in a long time, and May Wah of course. Really, I need to bite the bullet and take a trip to china town equipped with a shopping list and get a bunch of stuff. My husband and I were at an H Mart a few weeks ago and I hadn't planned on it, so didn't have a list with me. I didn't want to shop blindly so I just ended up with some fresh udon noodles and some kombu.

I've been to the Food Bazaar on Broadway before, but not recently. I really want to try jack fruit tacos & imagine they'd have it there!


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 Post subject: Re: favorite places in nyc to buy specialty ingredients?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:00 pm 
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I started this thread and then totally forgot to keep up with it! Thanks for the suggestions!

Audrey wrote:
but what I'm looking for nowadays is to get my hands on some fresh noodles for Thai stuff, specifically for pad see yew! I've never seen those nice fat puffy noodles anywhere, even dried. My online searching has lead me to some listings for stores in Woodside, but I'm also gonna check out a place called Bangkok Grocery in Chinatown.


I'd love to hear any results from your noodle search! Noodles for pad see ew is exactly one of the things I'd like to track down. I do know Sahadi's, although I haven't been in a long time, and May Wah of course. Really, I need to bite the bullet and take a trip to china town equipped with a shopping list and get a bunch of stuff. My husband and I were at an H Mart a few weeks ago and I hadn't planned on it, so didn't have a list with me. I didn't want to shop blindly so I just ended up with some fresh udon noodles and some kombu.

I've been to the Food Bazaar on Broadway before, but not recently. I really want to try jack fruit tacos & imagine they'd have it there!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:19 pm 
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SweetT wrote:
in manhattan, i second kalustyans. totally worth the trip but be prepared to open your wallet.
in queens (jackson heights), apna bazar and patel bros are my go tos


I’ll third Kalustyan’s. My father buys spices there. They have good prepared foods, too – like hummus, and the best baba ganoush.


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