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Where can I get hold of Banana leaves in the UK

merixon Jan 30, 2007 02:33 AM

Hi there,

I found this recipe for Mayan-Style Pot Pork here on Chowhound. It wants you to use one large banana leaf for cooking it.

Does anyone know where in the UK I can get hold of banana leafs? I live in Reading so getting to/from London is no problem either.

Thanks in advance, Mike

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    mbalax RE: merixon Jan 30, 2007 07:22 AM

    yes I wanna know too, my 2 local thai supermarkets don't sell em

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      ali patts RE: merixon Jan 30, 2007 08:17 AM

      I've seen them near me (not lately so don't get excited) I live near Lewisham so there's a nig West Indian community - I guess that's what you're looking for. But like I say I haven't seen them lately - but then I haven't been looking!

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        merixon RE: merixon Jan 31, 2007 03:37 AM

        I got a trip to Borough Market planned for this Saturday. I guess that could be a good start. Since we got quite a large Caribbean/West Indian community here in Reading there might be a chance that some of the smaller ethnic shops may have some.

        Will update you after Saturday if I haven't had any luck before.

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          kvly RE: merixon Feb 11, 2007 11:59 AM

          Saw some banana leaves today at New Loon Moon Supermarket in Chinatown -- Gerrard St. Just to the left of the entrance.

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            DonL RE: merixon Feb 28, 2007 07:09 AM

            Besides New Loon Moon, Lung Fung sometimes has it as well, in the back near the cooking utinsels. Or try some of the other Chinese grocery stores.

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              bronwen RE: merixon Feb 28, 2007 12:09 PM

              I suppose somewhere in Notting Hill Gate might have them, due to the huge West Indian population there

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