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Jul 30, 2007 02:50 PM

Where to buy Ti Leaves in L.A.?

I'm thinking of making an oven Kalua Pork recipe and would like to make it as authentic as possible (for doing it in the oven instead of in the ground!). Is there a good place to buy Ti Leaves in L.A. I live in the SF Valley, so if there is a Valley market of some sort that would be great.

I thought about the Flower Mart downtown, but I was wondering if the Ti Leaves from there would be organic and appropriate to use in cooking.

Thanks for the help!


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  1. Don't know about the SFV but in the SGV all the Chinese markets carry it (but the best are at Hawaii Supermarket which, despite its name, is Taiwanese-owned).

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Thanks very much for the tip. I think I'll try 99 Ranch Market in Van Nuys (been wanting an excuse to check it out) and see if that offers up an Ti leaves. Not as many Asian markets in the SF Valley as in the SG valley. If not...I'll head to SG...

      thanks again!

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Hey, could you tell me the Chinese name for Ti leaves? I go to the Hawaii Supermarket and ask for ti leaves and they look at me like I have 3 heads!

        1. re: peacockangel

          朱蕉 (zhū jiāo). This is Mandarin; I don't know how to say it in Cantonese or Taiwanese.

      2. Florists are another good source - they're used in arrangements. I used to drive delivery for the Flowerman in Pasadena, and got both ti leaves and dill from there regularly.