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kaffir lime leaves: sources

thinks too much Jan 16, 2007 03:56 PM

I'm searching for them. I live near Westerly, Rhode Island and have been canvassing all the Asian grocery stores nearby with no results. The last time I asked (Lee's in New London) the owner said that there are issues (or even a ban) on getting them because of either a disease or infection scare. Has anyone heard of this?

*sigh* I used to live near Salt Lake and had a wonderful (and cheap) source of them and Thai Basil. It was worth living in the wackiness of Utah for that store (along with Navaho tacos and great Mexican food)

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    celeriac Jan 16, 2007 04:50 PM

    Last time I checked, I could get them at numerous Asian markets in the Elmwood/Southside parts of Providence. The easiest to locate is New Asian Market on Broad near Classical and Central High Schools, next to the Mcdonalds and Pho Paradise. I will try to remember to check the next time I'm in there, but they used to have plenty, and cheap. They also had just about every herb you'd ever want for Asian cooking

    1. Keithel Jan 18, 2007 05:46 PM

      I go to Battambang Market in downtown Lowell, MA when I need these sorts of ingredients. It's supermarket-sized, and has everything you could ever want from SE Asia.

      Last time I was there, getting Kaffir Lime Leaves was no problem at all... Course, you might need to ask someone to help you find what you're looking for -- it isn't always translated to english right, or named something slightly different.

      Of course, that is a bit of a hike for you...

      1. Tartinet Feb 1, 2007 07:52 AM

        I've gotten lime leaves at Whole Foods in Providence (S. Main), but it was months ago. I froze them, and only used the last ones a few weeks ago. I hope they still have them!

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          susanl143 Feb 1, 2007 09:31 AM

          It's probably too far away and too expensive for everyone interested in this thread but you can buy five foot or so tall, live Kaffir lime trees for $99 at the greenhouse called The House by the Side of the Road in Wilton, NH on Route 101. They have Meyer Lemon trees too, with large lemons on them. With a green thumb, you'd have a lifetime supply.

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            dnneus Feb 2, 2007 12:15 PM

            An excellent source for thai indgredients, including kaffir lime leaves, holy basil, cilantro roots, etc. is Jasmine Thailand Market at 2074A Park St, Hartford. 860-231-7513. lime leaves can be frozen indefinitely. the King and I restaurant, down 2 blocks on opposite side of the street, has terrific thai noodle dishes.
            another source in this area is the A Dong supermarket on New Britain Ave in W Hartford.

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              thinks too much Feb 4, 2007 08:38 AM

              Thank you everyone. My house is cold and has no sun. Between that and my black thumb I'll spare any lime tree the torment of dying in my care.

              The SO and I trekked up to Providence yesterday for many stops along the Food from Ethnia theme (Not Just Snacks, Tony's Colonial Market, Galaxie in Cranston, and the occasional non-food stop). I made it to the New Asian Market and got my lime leaf fix. I was in a rush, so I didn't have a chance to check out Mekong Seafoods across the way. Opinions?

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                celeriac Feb 9, 2007 08:27 AM

                i just wanted to add that since my earlier post, i visited another asian market that's by far the best i've been to in Providence, or maybe anywhere. it's on the west side of Dexter St, just south of Cranston St. I'm not sure of it's name but it's near the Westfield lofts and from the outside looks a bit like a convenience store. inside it's just an amazing cornucopia of evey asian food I could possibly imagine, and many that i couldn't. Highly recommended.

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                  Tartinet Feb 9, 2007 09:04 AM

                  Oooo, thanks! Can you recommend anything specific there? I'm always a bit intimidated by the ingredients I don't know in asian markets--I know there's good stuff with lots of potential, but I don't know what to do with it, and I can't read Thai or Mandarin or Korean to know what's what! I usually stick with noodles and dumplings and hot sauce and kimchee, but I'd love to branch out...

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                sprinklez Feb 9, 2007 07:51 PM

                ask for "sluk kroch" at a cambodian/khmer grocery store (i.e Battambong in Lowell) ... that's how you say kaffir lime leaves btw.

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                  biochip Jun 29, 2007 08:34 PM

                  What Asian grocery stores are there near Westerly, RI? I was hoping to find one closer than Norwich, CT.

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                    thinks too much Jul 2, 2007 04:49 AM

                    It's called China Grocery and it's in the same strip mall as the DMV and Guytanos on Rte 1. The same family has a bubble tea joint in the strip, and I have no idea how far you'd have to travel for the next bubble tea. It is, I warn you, pretty focused on Chinese.

                    If you're closer to Groton, there is a new one (I haven't checked it out yet) also on Rte 1. It's in the same strip as Goodwill, TJ Maxx and Monster Golf.

                    Which one do you go to in Norwich?

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                      marachino Jul 16, 2007 07:27 AM

                      Try Angkor Plaza on Quequechan Street in Fall River (just off 195). They have FRESH lime leaves, Thai basil, holy basil, curry leaves, lemongrass, rice paddy herb and any other herb you might need for SE Asian cooking. There's a large Khmer population in FR, I understand. Happy hunting!

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                    surrys Jul 20, 2007 09:55 AM

                    www.importfood.com has kaffir lime leaves, as well as galangal, lemongrass, basil, and a bunch of other stuff. On top of all that, they priority mail everything, and their prices are almost reasonable.

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