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Jan 7, 2008 03:15 PM

Sourcing ethnic items in Kansas City

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. 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

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

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    2. 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. 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

          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

            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. 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

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

            1. re: jdl98

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

              1. re: heatherkay

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

                1. re: jdl98

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

                  1. re: jdl98

                    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.

            2. 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,
              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.