Where to buy lemongrass
Okay I opened up the coconut milk. Now I gotta use it. Trying to find a grocer that sells lemongrass. Preferred if they were along the Danforth subway line from Main to Yonge or downtown within the borders of Parliament-Bay/Bloor-Front. Will travel to Kensington Market if necessary. Thanks in advance.
I'll echo the sentiment stated so far: it should be pretty easy to locate, even at most major grocery stores. If that fails, the two larger groceries in Chinatown East will definitely have it.
Just a heads up: the top 1/2 or so of the stalks, which typically aren't used in cooking, make a great tea, and one that goes especially nicely, IMO, with Thai food!
depending on the recipe, I often cheat.
Lemongrass is so difficult to deal with, if you require it ground.
I buy the squeeze tube available in the refrigerated stands at the supermarkets.
It doesn't have quite the essence of the fresh, but is quite O.K., and is a time and chopper saver.
For the fresh, as stated above, it is readily available.
I've seen fresh lemongrass at many stores in the areas you specify. Loblaws often has it. I think I've even seen it at their smalish Broadview store recently. I am pretty sure someone at St. Lawrence Mkt will have it also. It shouldn't be too hard to find. If that fails, try Chinatown east around Gerrard and Broadview. I don't expect it will be as hard to find as you imagine.
I saw some decent looking stalks of lemongrass this weekend in the produce section of Sun Valley on Danforth. It's a short walk from Pape subway.
Mind you, I've never had much trouble finding it in most large grocery stores, or any smaller store that specialises in high-end foodstuffs (like Sun Valley). It's a pretty trendy ingredient nowadays, no longer the oddity it was around 10 yrs ago.
You shouldn't have to hunt widely for lemongrass. Loblaws and Dominion have it regularly in their better stores. Along Danforth, you might try Sun Valley (near Carlaw), Jerry's (near Greenwood) or the Dominion at Shopper's World. You would also find it in the Gerrard/Broadview Chinatown.