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Oct 11, 2007 02:10 PM

Rambutan at Manila Oriental Market

I saw them yesterday at the checkout stand and went back to buy some today. Not cheap at $5.99/lb., but such a rare treat that I couldn't resist. They're a little hard to find. As you enter the produce section (from the front of the store) they're on a shelf on your left, next to the strawberries.

Also notable: they have cleaned smelts with the heads removed for $2.49/lb, which they will expertly fry for you for no added charge.

4175 Mission Street, just a few blocks north of Silver

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  1. Good to know! I liked the ones I got at the Hilo farmer's market in Hawaii earlier this year. I have seen them at the Alemany farmer's market as well.

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    1. re: pane

      Does that mean that items at the Alemany Farmer's Market don't have to be grown in California?

    2. I also saw fresh rambutan the other day and couldn't resist buying them. I found mine in the Tenderloin, at Hiep Thanh Market, which is near the corner of Larkin and O'Farrell. They were also $5.99 a pound I believe, and the guy there told me they were from Hawaii. I bought about 12 of them - they were pretty good, though not great, some of them were too firm and didn't have much flavor, but a few were very juicy.

      Hiep-Thanh Market
      724 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      1. Great to hear! I've been hankering some rambutan just last week. Any sightings around Oakland?

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        1. re: nerdigrrl

          Monterey Market has them. They are from Hawaii.

          1. re: nerdigrrl

            Spotted rambutan this weekend in two places in Oakland. At the Markethall grocer in Rockridge selling for $7.49 a pound. And selling in Oakland Chinatown. The store I saw it was one of those with the vegetables outside in the front on 9th Street off Broadway. They were selling there for $4.49 a pound but they were pre-packaged in what felt like half pound bags.


            1. re: nerdigrrl

              Of all places I saw them at Trader Joe's in Alameda this weekend. Don't remember how much they were (of course at TJ's you buy by the package). But it was in the range (or slightly cheaper) than these other prices mentioned.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                $3.99 for 10 ounces -- from Honduras.

            2. The rambutan at the Alemany farmer's market are grown in so. cal. The same farmer frequently has bananas, coconuts,mangos(not all at the same time) AND almost always avocados.

              1. I saw fresh rambutan as well as frozen rambutan at Seafood Market in Union City, off Alvarado blvd. No idea on how much is the price for the fresh one, no price tag nearby. For frozen one is about $1.60/lbs.