Looking for Li Hing Mango in Bay Area
Some friends and I are hopeless addicts to dried mango with Li Hing powder.
I know that it's available on-line (search "crackseed"), but I was wondering if there are any retailers who sell it in the Bay Area. I'll routinely wander into Asian foodmarts and candy stores in hopes of finding these wonderful golden orange strips speckled with red, but the closest I've come up with is the "wet" variety, which is not really what I want.
If you know a place that sells this, please let me know! I live in Fremont, but am willing to drive.
There's a shop and deli in Japantown in San Jose, I wish I could remember the name, but perhaps someone else knows. He has a whole end-of-aisle rack full of Li Hing-flavored snacks. I don't specifically recall mango, but I wasn't looking.
This shop seems to have been here for a long time, it has a loyal following for its deli sandwiches (some of which are distinctly Hawaiian). Someone will know this place...
Nikkei Traditions in San Jose's Japantown and Tiki Tiki in downtown Palo Alto both have it. Dobashi Market in SJ Japantown carries it sometimes also. Another option is just buy the li hing powder (available at Dobashi) and get dried mangos sprinkle the mango with H20 and shake with powder...works like a charm. The powder is also great sprinkled on fresh mango, apples, pineapples and strawberries.
I think I remember seeing at a place called (I think) Aloha Warehouse located inside the plaza in SF Japantown. i went there when they just opened. It's located about halfway between Denny's and Benkyo-do. I haven't been there for a while, so hopefully they're still open.