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Grape juice syrup-Last seen in Hong Kong

  • jake Jul 29, 2006 04:50 PM
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I bought a sort of sugary grape syrup in Hong Kong that, mixed with water, makes a refreshing summer beverage. It was ubiquitous at supermarkets there, but if I remember correctly, most of the writing on the label was in English. It could be a British thing.
Does anyone know what this stuff is called, and where it might be available around LA? I've checked Ranch 99's and other Chinese SGV markets, but haven't seen it.

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  1. Are you sure that it is grape and not black current? Check the link.
    http://www.ribena.co.uk/index_flash.html

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    1. re: sel

      Yes, Ribena! That was it!

    2. 99 ranch had a lot of syrups like that a couple of months ago. We bought strawberry and maybe current or something. But I think I remember the grape because I talked the pups out of it in favor of something more exotic.

      We shop at the 99 Ranch at Valley and Del mar and these syrup things were at the front capping at aisle just as you come in. The bottles were sort of square and I believe they were about $4 a pop.

      Very good with sparkling water, I might add.

      1. if you don't have time to drive out to 99 ranch, most stores that carry british grocery will have ribena. e.g. Hurry Curry on Venice, India Sweets n Spices in Culver City (haven't been in a while), Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica, and a smallish liquor store on Beethoven and Palms near the SM airport. Some stores in China Town that carries Hong Kong goods (e.g. wing hop fung) also carries Ribena. In OC, you can find it in Union Jack's fish n' chips shop at the corner of Talbert & Magnolia in Fountain Valley.

        I grew up drinking Ribena, so when I moved here, one of the things my boyfriend did to please me was to buy me Ribena whenever he saw it around town. :)