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Where to buy dried porcini mushrooms?

Looking for some dried porcini mushrooms that will not break the bank. They are at our local Ralphs but are super expensive. Any suggestions? Perhaps ethinic grocery stores? We are in Encino, but would be willing to drive a bit to find them.

Thanks!

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  1. Asian markets would be my best guess, unfortunately not something Encino is exactly swarming with...nor Pasadena either, which is why we make regular forays into this end of the SGV. The closest ones to us are likely the closest to you as well: the 99 Ranch at Duarte and Golden West in Arcadia, and the Arcadia Supermarket farther east on Duarte, just beyond Baldwin in a big strip mall. You could make a rewarding expedition out of this, since there's a Full House next to 99 Ranch that does great dim sum during the day, and the Arcadia SM shares its mall with Chang's Garden, really good Shanghainese, and Din Tai Fung is just around the corner.

    1. real porcini mushrooms are expensive. you can find other kinds of dried mushrooms at lesser prices and some of them will be good. in Chinese markets, what you'll usually find are black mushrooms or shiitake. i don't recall ever seeing porcinis. when you're shopping for porcinis, choose the bags with teh least amount of "dust" and broken pieces.

      1. Surfas has them and they also have porcini powder, so you can get that flavor with out breaking the bank.

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        1. re: Burger Boy

          We ended up going on an adventure today. Whole Foods has them for $75.00/lb, Ralphs for $60.00. Ranch 99 (which has a location in Van Nuys) does not sell them at all...but the winner is...
          Surfas - $34.00!! So we are all set. Thanks for the recommendations!

          1. re: piper2674

            Next time check out Monte Carlo Deli in Burbank.

            A pound of dried porcini is a hell of a lot of porcini...

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              When the Elder Ozlette went to Italy last February she brought back half a kilo (just over a pound) of dried porcini. It is indeed a hell of a lot. But of course, there's no such thing as too much porcini. We still have some in the freezer, but it's getting down to seeds and stems (so to speak).

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                but since they're dried...

                I think $34 is a very good price - right around $2/oz. Pretty hard to beat. What do they sell for at Monte carlo Deli?

                1. re: FrankJBN

                  I don't know, but you could call to save yourself the trip. I live in OC now so I just go to Claro's or Cortina's.

          2. I think that Nicole's in South Pas sells them as well - their dried mushrooms prices are very reasonable

            1. Try www.earthy.com They sell one ounce dried for about $6.00. If this is not an instant need I recommend their products.

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              1. re: Hughlipton

                So we used the porcini's we bought at Surfas for $34.00. I was a bit nervous because there were 2 choices of porcini's and they only had 1 bag left of the cheaper kind. We made some mushroom risotto for about 10 friends and it was a hit. The porcini's were of excellent quality and went over very well. Having never been to Surfa's before, I can't wait to go back. That place is great.