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Jul 27, 2007 12:27 PM

Where to get banana ketchup around CC?

I recently got back from a trip to St. Lucia and had my first experience with banana ketchup. I'm wondering where I could score such condiments around Philly, preferably in Center City. The particular brand was Baron's which seems to be the big guy around there. They also had some pretty sick hot sauce I would like to get as well. Any ideas? Thank you.

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  1. Or if anyone knows of a Caribbean market, that would be great, I'll check for myself. Are there any in W. Philly?

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    1. re: Tonyjlive

      There are some great Carib. markets in and around G'town and Mt. Airy.Let me know if you want addresses.

      1. re: missclaudy

        missclaudy, an address would be great when you find the time. Thanks

        1. re: Tonyjlive

          My favorite on is on Wadsworth Ave. in east Mt.Airy. Don't know the exact address but if you are coming from town, turn left onto Cheltenham Ave off of Broad st (611) and go about 4 miles till you come to a light at Wadsworth Ave.There is a big Walmart mall on your right just before you turn left onto Wadsworth. Go about 3 blocks and on your right in a strip of stores you'll find a fab,Caribbean market.When you turn onto Cheltenham from Broad, don't forget to stop at the wonderful Korean Market Han An Rhuen which is in the More Shopping Center on your right.Yup, that's the name of the place. Have a ball !!!!!

    2. try the spice market in the Reading Terminal market..not sure if they do, but they have a selection of hot sauces

      1. You can get at in the bigger markets in Chinatown.

        You are looking for "Jufran Banana Sauce" . It is made in the Philippines and is in a standard "ketchup" bottle. There are 2 versions, one has a white cap and is "regular" and the other has a red cap and is hotter.

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        1. re: Hank1

          I have a bottle, and it specifically says "Banana Ketchup". Unfortunately, I can't help you, I got my bottle in St. Lucia as well. I don't like bananas, but that stuff does have a nice flavor.

          1. re: lawgirl3278

            Yup, that's what I'm looking for. The locals said it's good when used to baste meats on the grill among other things. I'm hoping to get some time next week to head out to missclaudy's rec.

            1. re: Tonyjlive

              The Jufran one I mentioned is exactly what you want. It isn't a Chinese product and just happens to be sold in the Chinatown grocery stores. I have been using it for years and often grab a bunch for friends.



              1. re: Hank1

                Does anyone know where I can get the Jufran Banana Ketchup in the Pittsburgh, PA area? We just moved to this area and my husband makes this great Philippino spaghetti with it.

                1. re: klsjersey

                  If the oriental groceries in the "Strip" (Penn Avenue vic. 16th Street) don't have it, you might have to buy on line.

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          1. I JUST got back from St. Lucia myself and wanted to same thing! Don't know if I'll have any more luck - I live around Tulsa, OK... picked up a Bajan Cooking in a Nutshell book that has that amazing fried saltfish as a recipe, and can't imagine having it without that ketchup - of course, I didn't think of buying any while there! At any rate, thanks for posting, since I discovered this site and love it! Good luck with all of your ketchup endeavors! :)

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            1. re: FleurdElise

              I know I saw it in a store here in the Philly area at some point, but can't remember where. However, many Barons products are available on Amazon.
              I'm not a fan of the banana ketchup myself, DH LOVES their west indian hot sauce. We go back to St. L in september and I'm sure there will be a few bottles coming home in our suitcase.