HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Curry leaves in the North Bay? Where?

maria lorraine Jan 5, 2008 12:47 AM

Any help you can provide in finding these, I'd much appreciate.

East Bay, also.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Lori SF RE: maria lorraine Jan 5, 2008 07:42 AM

    Maybe Milan International on University in Berkeley

    I have only walked by this place never been inside-Westerley Coffee Tea & Spice

    Is Napa too far North because there is DEAN & DELUCA

    In SF Rainbow Grocery is nice all mostly organic and then the SF Herb Shop.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Lori SF
      adrienne156 RE: Lori SF Jan 8, 2008 10:44 AM

      I buy mine fresh from Milan in Berkeley and then freeze them. They do lost potency over time, but will last about 4-5 months before needing to be replaced.

    2. s
      srr RE: maria lorraine Jan 5, 2008 08:09 AM

      VIK's in Berkeley always has them. They are in the warehouse next to the chaat house, usually behind the register.

      1. Melanie Wong RE: maria lorraine Jan 5, 2008 08:25 AM

        Thailao market in Santa Rosa has had fresh curry leaves in the past, best to call ahead. There were a couple of Fijian-Indian grocers in Vallejo that might be worth contacting. Asia Gourmet in Santa Rosa is worth checking out. http://www.asianfoodandgifts.com/

        3 Replies
        1. re: Melanie Wong
          chocolateninja RE: Melanie Wong Jan 8, 2008 12:19 PM

          I know for a fact that Asia Gourmet had them when I visited sometime in November. They also had Kaffir lime leaves as well, in the refrigerated case in the back.

          1. re: chocolateninja
            chocolateninja RE: chocolateninja Jan 8, 2008 12:22 PM

            Is places broken? Trying to linktoplace again here. If it doesn't work:
            Asia Gourmet
            4100 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
            (707) 537-6888

            Asia Gourmet
            4100 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa, CA

            1. re: chocolateninja
              Eat_Nopal RE: chocolateninja Jan 16, 2008 01:55 PM

              Damn it! I needed some for some Indian dishes... and I meant to go visit our friends at Asia Gourmet... before I knew it I had mindless driven past it, and I stopped at Thailao instead... they had Coconut Vinegar for $1.25 (big homerun)... but the owner told me "No good, now" when I asked about Curry Leaves.

          2. l
            LiseS RE: maria lorraine Jan 5, 2008 10:22 AM

            I am always able to find them on the back wall of the produce section at Ranch 99 Supermarket in the Pacific East Mall in El Cerrito. I actually wrap individual portions in paper towels and then freezer bags to store--they keep well.

            1. s
              sonomasal RE: maria lorraine Jan 5, 2008 10:29 AM

              You might try G&G on College Ave. in Santa Rosa - if they don't have them, they will order then for you. They have a diverse selection of international foods.

              1. JiyoHappy RE: maria lorraine Jan 5, 2008 01:27 PM

                Ranch 99 always
                Indian grocery stores everywhere

                1. wearybashful RE: maria lorraine Jan 6, 2008 04:37 PM

                  In Santa Rosa, I've seen them at--- oops, I just lost my memory for names. Well, at the largish Asian market on Sebastopol road, kind of across from the side of Lola's, and also in the market that's right in the little triangle formed by Petaluma Hill Road joining Santa Rosa Blvd. (that's close to ThaiLao too.)

                  Although I have to say, when I bought them, they didn't seem like a very strong flavor to me--- nothing like the wow factor of lime leaves or Thai basil.

                  4 Replies
                  1. re: wearybashful
                    Melanie Wong RE: wearybashful Jan 6, 2008 05:07 PM

                    Agreed that the flavor is more subtle. You'll need to steep quite a few, but the elusive scent and taste are worth it.

                    Are these the places you're thinking of?

                    Phnom Penh
                    923 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

                    Asian Market
                    1110 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

                    Mekong Market
                    206 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      maria lorraine RE: Melanie Wong Jan 6, 2008 08:47 PM

                      I'm trying to make vadouvan, an Indian spice mixture. The curry leaves are quickly fried, at least till they pop!

                      Many thanks for the leads, everyone. Chowhound is such a great resource.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        wearybashful RE: Melanie Wong Jan 8, 2008 12:29 AM

                        Thanks, Melanie, I did mean Phnom Penh and Mekong. I haven't been in the other one.

                      2. re: wearybashful
                        maria lorraine RE: wearybashful Jan 6, 2008 08:53 PM

                        Very good tips, wearybashful. I'm set.

                      3. rabaja RE: maria lorraine Jan 8, 2008 07:52 AM

                        A couple other options in the East Bay are Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market.

                        1. wearybashful RE: maria lorraine Jan 13, 2008 02:52 PM

                          I was just ;looking for curry leaves, nobody seems to have any now. The lady at Mekong in Santa Rosa said they were the same as bay leaves. That does not seem right to me; unless what I was told were curry leaves that i bought before was something else. I would have recognized bay leaves, I think.

                          5 Replies
                          1. re: wearybashful
                            adrienne156 RE: wearybashful Jan 14, 2008 08:46 AM

                            Curry leaves are a completely different plant, has very different smells/flavors, and bay leaves are usually used dry while curry leaves are used fresh. I just saw them on Friday at Milan in Berkeley, but I suppose that's a bit of a trek from Santa Rosa...

                            1. re: adrienne156
                              jeanlass RE: adrienne156 Jan 15, 2008 05:00 PM

                              I was in Asia Gourmet last week and they had one package in the freezer section-- which I bought! (My husband's gone balti-mad.) If you garden, it's definitely worth growing. I had one in my last garden. Very easy to grow in our Mediterranean climate (similar to lavender).

                              1. re: jeanlass
                                chocolateninja RE: jeanlass Jan 15, 2008 10:22 PM

                                I've actually been recently contemplating growing some (I'm also hoping to get a quince plant and maybe a kaffir lime)...especially after seeing what the plant looks like on the recent episode of "Gourmet's Diary Of A Foodie" on PBS. It's cute. (Well, I think most plants are cute, I guess. *gryn*) Do you think it's hard to get ahold of? Maybe something that Harmony Farms or maybe even Pricketts Nursery would be able to get for me?

                                1. re: chocolateninja
                                  wally RE: chocolateninja Jan 15, 2008 10:26 PM

                                  In Berkeley, the guy at Berkeley Hort said that they got them in the spring and fall and I had just missed them (October 2nd). I got some mail order.

                                2. re: jeanlass
                                  jeanlass RE: jeanlass Jan 17, 2008 09:09 AM

                                  chocolateninja, I haven't seen curry plant for sale locally-- but then I haven't done an in-depth search! Harmony is a good bet, or Emerisa gardens in NW Santa Rosa. King's sometimes has unusual culinary plants; I bought a lemongrass there last year. Would love to grow kaffir lime... King's might be a good source for that, too, as they've always got a ton of citrus.

                            2. l
                              LarryW RE: maria lorraine Jan 16, 2008 01:47 PM

                              Curry leaves are always available at any Lion supermarket in the east/south bay. They're very inexpensive, just a couple of dollars for a bunch.

                              1. e
                                Earl Grey RE: maria lorraine Jan 16, 2008 02:08 PM

                                Isn't there a new herb and spice vendor in the Oxbow Market in Napa? I don't know if they're open yet.

                                1. b
                                  bolaurent RE: maria lorraine Feb 21, 2013 12:05 AM

                                  Apna Bazaar has them, fresh, invisibly stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Ask!

                                  7500 Commerce Boulevard
                                  Cotati, CA 94931
                                  (707) 665-0333

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: bolaurent
                                    maria lorraine RE: bolaurent Feb 21, 2013 01:19 AM

                                    Great! Thanks.

                                    1. re: maria lorraine
                                      chefj RE: maria lorraine Feb 21, 2013 06:12 PM

                                      Also Malabar in San Rafael usually has them

                                  2. Cynsa RE: maria lorraine Feb 21, 2013 05:47 PM

                                    Jai Ho in San Francisco has fresh curry leaves in small plastic bags in the refrigerator case at the back of the store.
                                    Enter through the Safeway parking lot on Webster St. and look for it near Popeye's Fried Chicken.
                                    1462 Fillmore Street
                                    (415) 567-1070

                                    Show Hidden Posts