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haitian mushrooms (djon djon) in LA?

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chez cherie Jan 16, 2007 03:27 PM

i teach cooking classes, and a student of mine grew up in haiti, and is trying to recreate a dish from her childhood. its mushroom rice, but apparently key to the flavor is the tiny mushrooms from haiti. i have exhausted my sources, and while i believe they cannot be found fresh in so cal, i would be delighted to be proven wrong! failing that, anyone know if dried djon djons can be found anywhere? thanks for any help on this!

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  1. CarlieInLA RE: chez cherie Jan 16, 2007 08:52 PM

    I think you might be out of luck. My husband's family lived in Haiti for a few years and his mother has always looked for Djon Djon in the states. The closest she ever got was getting these flavor cubes made by Maggi at this international market in Maryland. We have looked online and never found them. You might see if you can find them online somewhere. Or try calling TiGeorges Chicken to see if they have a lead for you. Good luck!

    http://www.tigeorgeschicken.com/

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      RicRios RE: CarlieInLA Jan 16, 2007 09:11 PM

      According to this post, they seem to be not uncommon on the east coast:

      http://home.att.net/~gyetter/djon2.htm

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        sugatek RE: CarlieInLA Nov 26, 2008 06:00 PM

        Hello CarlieInLA,
        Happy Thanksgiving!
        Can you please provide the name or more detailed information on the international market in Maryland? I live in DC and I need the djon djon cubes to make dinner this week.
        Thank you!

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        Jerome RE: chez cherie Jan 16, 2007 10:16 PM

        it's just a shot in the dark, but have the student call up Ti' Georges on glendale blvd in Los Angeles and speak to the owner or chef there, preferably in Creole. They serve haitian food and may have contacts or purveyors or simply friends who bring stuff in after visiting home.

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          chez cherie RE: Jerome Jan 17, 2007 05:33 AM

          thanks to both who suggested this. i took a look at their menu, and it doesn't mention the mushroom rice, so i figured they don't have a supplier either. but i think i will take your suggestions and ask...at least i will know it's a dead end if they can't get them!

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          Mitzie RE: chez cherie Jan 31, 2007 08:39 AM

          It's very common in NY. I just moved here from NYC and my Mom uses it all the time. Maybe it can be sent from the East Coast.

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            Mitzie RE: chez cherie Jan 31, 2007 08:45 AM

            And apparently this place on South La Brea Ave serves it - La Belle Creole
            http://www.labellecreole.org/fmi/xsl/...

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              NYRnSF RE: chez cherie Feb 12, 2009 07:43 PM

              My parents are sending some from Florida so let me know if you want me to get you some.

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                darmentd RE: NYRnSF May 1, 2010 08:43 AM

                I would love to get some djon djon mushrooms in any way possible if you could help. I have been searching everywhere for them.

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                  providencecr RE: darmentd May 28, 2010 01:38 PM

                  I brought some from haiti, give me a call I will give you some: 401-232-0199 providence Computer resources, Inc. or providencecr point com.

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