Where can I find "aji"/mexican spices?
A Peru chicken recipe calls for aji, does anyone know of a store in the GTA? I'm in the North York area but I'd travel downtown/Scarb/Missisauga for it if I have to. Thanks for your help!
Aji, I think, is a type of pepper. I've also seen it in a puree form in a jar. It's fairly medium in terms of heat. The dry version will probably have a bit more of a smokey taste.
For the dried, try Perola's supermarket on Augusta. For the puree, I think many of the south American stores on Augusta might have it, or I recall seeing it in one of the small places on Nassau, north side, east of Augusta.
Replying to my own post, I found the following items in a store in the basement of St. Lawrence Market owned by an Asian family (they sell canned goods, bulk items, chocolate, a lot of imported stuff):
- dried epazote
- chipotles in adobo sauce
- dried pasilla, ancho, piquin, mulato and morita chiles
- annatto/achiote seeds
For some reason, there are 2 identical threads on this topic. Here's what I posted in the other thread. Since you're interested in the North York area, that's where these places are:
There are some South/Central American restaurants on Wilson, between Keele and Dufferin--Chilean and San Salvadoran. There's probably a grocery store in that area too. There's a Central American/Mexican grocery on Keele, south of Lawrence on the west side. Maybe there.
There's also a Mexican/Central Am. place on Bathurst north of Lawrence. She has a storefront take-out restaurant selling pupusas, burritos, quesadillas too.