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looking for Mortar and Pestle

Finnegan Sep 20, 2007 11:05 AM

Okay you've convinced me to make my own Thai soup, but where can I get a real mortar and pestle...the thai style made from rough granite, not the uselessly smooth marble or wood ones. Already checked and Tap Phong doesn't have them.

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    Mila RE: Finnegan Sep 20, 2007 11:09 AM

    Kitchen shops in Little India on Gerrard. Lots of different sizes, the big ones weigh a ton.

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    1. re: Mila
      Snarf RE: Mila Sep 20, 2007 11:12 AM

      If you want a really rough one, try some of the South American shops in Kensington, and ask for a molcachete

    2. yayadave RE: Finnegan Sep 20, 2007 11:23 AM

      This is from the Canadian web site with the price in Canadian dollars. You might pay a lot of shipping if you don't have a store near you. Some one else posted about this and I just went out and picked one up. Rough interior. Check out the el cheapo spice grinder/pepper mill, also.

      Pestle and mortar

      Ah ha. I just noticed that they don't ship this.

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      1. re: yayadave
        Recyclor RE: yayadave Sep 20, 2007 11:27 AM

        ...give it a good look before you buy any kitchen stuff from Ikea, I have found they make things to look cute over functional...

      2. Vise RE: Finnegan Sep 20, 2007 11:26 AM

        I got our mortar & pestle (rough granite) from Home Sense... its not huge but it does the trick for me.

        1. HarryLloyd RE: Finnegan Sep 20, 2007 11:38 AM

          go here:

          or here:


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          1. re: HarryLloyd
            Dimbulb RE: HarryLloyd Sep 20, 2007 01:36 PM

            Vientiane on Weston Rd.

          2. xtal RE: Finnegan Sep 20, 2007 01:42 PM

            I've seen the rough stone ones at Tap Phong before, but not on my most recent trip.

            1. Delish RE: Finnegan Sep 20, 2007 02:32 PM

              I'm pretty sure I saw some at the big Korean supermarket (P.A.T.) at Bloor and Manning (?) a while back. I've also seen them preiodically at Honest Ed's - which is where I got mine...

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                koknia RE: Delish Sep 20, 2007 03:21 PM

                I have a big stone one I bought while living in Phnom Penh. A good Khmer cook told me to make sure that you have one piece wood, one stone. Stone on stone will give you grit, wood on wood doesn't give enough purchase. It should have some roughness, but not too much. And deeper is better too, so stuff doesn't fly out.
                There's a Thai supermarket in the north end somewhere. I'm sure they would have them.

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                rld RE: Finnegan Sep 21, 2007 07:25 AM

                Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment on Queen near Bathurst usually has an assortment of M&Ps. Various materials and sizes, including granite. Or you may consider ordering one online from www.importfoods.com. Just be sure to tell them you want it shipped via the USPS, not UPS.

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