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Sourcing ethnic items in Kansas City

sirregular Jan 7, 2008 03:15 PM

I'm always on the lookout for new places to pick up ethnic groceries. Presently, I'm trying to find some genuine German knackwurst and bratwurst.

I am also looking for coconut powder for curry. There's a flavor that can't be reproduced with canned coconut milk, and that you can only acheive when rehydrating coconut powder, but I can only seem to find it online. I try to purchase locally if at all possible.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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  1. amyzan Jan 10, 2008 10:31 AM

    For the coconut powder, you might try Siam Oriental Market in the shopping center at the SE corner of Quivira and SMP. They specialize in SE Asian foods and are small, but pack a lot in to the space. Management has changed hands, and I haven't been except once when I was rushed since the change, so I don't know if what their stock has changed substantially.

    Siam Oriental Market
    6437 Quivira Rd, Shawnee Mission, KS

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      mutti Jan 7, 2008 06:33 PM

      If your going to get bratwurst check it out first,if it's from Stiglmeier it's fantastic but if It's made from them,I'd have second thought's I just trew mine away it wasn't bad but had no flavor whatsoever,I make a trip to kansas once a year,this was my second time ,but my last time at Werner's Deli.I now order direct from Stiglmeier,www.stiglemeier.com
      As for your coconut powder if you can't find it,buy the package, roast it or not and either use a coffee grinder, blender or foodprocesser and you should have the powder.

      1. z
        zataar Jan 7, 2008 05:52 PM

        Well, you certainly won't find local coconut powder here! :)
        But I would try Kim Long in Columbus Park, KC or Chinatown Market, 2nd and Grand, KC. for an imported product.

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        1. re: zataar
          jdl98 Jan 7, 2008 05:55 PM

          I guess Chinatown Market is what I was referring to - huge Chinese market?

          1. re: jdl98
            heatherkay Jan 7, 2008 06:00 PM

            yep -- although my understanding is that they have other Asian groceries as well.

            1. re: heatherkay
              jdl98 Jan 7, 2008 06:03 PM

              have you been? if not, you won't believe it. i was quite surprised and impressed.

              1. re: jdl98
                stellamystar Jan 7, 2008 06:40 PM

                I went on Saturday - wow! Very fun and CHEAP!! From Indian to Laotian - fantastic fun. Great veg selection, too.

                1. re: jdl98
                  heatherkay Jan 7, 2008 07:35 PM

                  Not yet -- and it's funny because I work about a block from there. I guess my NY resolution is to go buy something I've never bought before.

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            jdl98 Jan 7, 2008 05:43 PM

            What about the huge asian market in the River Market? Would they possibly have coconut powder? I know I was amazed by the produce and fish.

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            1. re: jdl98
              sirregular Jan 7, 2008 09:22 PM

              I couldn't find any coconut powder at the Chinatown Market. They're actually just down the road from where I live, so when I can brave the smell of rotting mangoes and fish I head down there. They have really good deals on what I like to call "pseudo-shallots", thai basil, and a blended sesame oil that's actually packaged in Kansas City. How's that for locally sourced? :)

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              1. re: sirregular
                jdl98 Jan 8, 2008 03:43 AM

                I hear ya - my 7 & 8 year old daughters were none to pleased with us for checking out all the aisles. They just couldn't appreciated the cultural aspect of it with the overwhelming fish smell.

            2. stellamystar Jan 7, 2008 05:05 PM

              Werner's is the only one I know of. We got some knackwurst and many of their gelbwursts. All have been tasty.

              Check our Phoenix Herb & Tea Company on 47th & Broadway (local store). It is next to the Wild Oats. Call first, but they have lots of herbs - bulk-style, so get what you need.

              There is an Indian grocer at 95th & Metcalf. Strip mall where Marshalls & Borders is, I think. Wouldn't they have it?

              good luck!

              1. heatherkay Jan 7, 2008 04:30 PM

                I guess the first place I would look for wurst would be Werner's Deli on Johnson Drive in Mission.

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                1. re: heatherkay
                  sirregular Jan 7, 2008 09:16 PM

                  Werner's, huh? I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip!

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