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Where to find culantro in San Diego?

Cd123456789 Oct 6, 2007 03:24 PM

Has anyone seen culantro in SD. I didn't see it at 99RANCH unless i missed translation.

No, it's not cilantro misspelled, but closely related. Culantro AKA Mexican coriander, Recao, Ngò gai (Vietnam), Sawtooth, etc.
Used in Puerto Rican and Vietnamese recipes.

Thanks in advance for leads.

  1. Dagney Oct 7, 2007 08:40 AM

    One of the Asian markets in City Heights would be a safe bet. There is a good one on the northwest curbline at 54th and University. I think it's Vien Dong Market.

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    1. re: Dagney
      Cathy Oct 7, 2007 09:18 AM

      That is Vien Dong II; Vien Dong III is on Linda Vista and Ulrich. There don't seem to be others...
      Zion, a Korean market on Mercury near 163, sometimes has sawtooth.

    2. c
      Cathy Oct 6, 2007 03:35 PM

      Ngo gai is at 99Ranch.

      In the 3rd aisle perpendicular to the back aisle of vegetables, (between the aisle of vegetables and the bend over freezer section) wrapped in a styrofoam and plastic and pre weighed/measured/sold by the pound.

      There is wrapped/premeasured basil next to it. Ask for the basil then you will see it. It is also that way at Vien Dong, Lucky, and pretty much all Asian Markets...not loose like cilantro or parsely or mint.

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      1. re: Cathy
        afinkle Oct 9, 2007 07:59 PM

        Just to confirm what Cathy said, I saw it there just the other day. They also had that other Cilantro relative - I forget the name but it has pointy leaves about the size of a narrow basil leave and a tinge of purple.

        1. re: afinkle
          daantaat Oct 9, 2007 08:55 PM

          Are you referring to Thai basil?

          1. re: daantaat
            Cathy Oct 10, 2007 10:40 AM

            They have sold Thai basil at 99 and Vien Dong 3.

            I haven't had to buy any basil for about three years now because I apparently got some seeds that were radioactivated in Chernobyl and can't stop growing in my Santee backyard, no matter the weather.

            1. re: Cathy
              daantaat Oct 10, 2007 09:35 PM

              Too bad Thai basil doesn't make for good pesto!

              1. re: daantaat
                afinkle Oct 11, 2007 11:44 AM

                I bet you could do some "fusion" style pesto - skip the cheese because that would clash with the anise flavor.

            2. re: daantaat
              afinkle Oct 11, 2007 11:41 AM

              No - its more like cilantro. A soapy/spicey plant. I said basil for size reference. I think its sometimes called "vietnamese cilantro"

              1. re: afinkle
                wally Oct 11, 2007 01:02 PM

                I think you are talking about rao ram

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