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pizzahunks Jan 12, 2008 07:10 AM

Hello Chowhounders,

I've recently fallen in love with tempeh (a delicious fermented soybean cake). Seeing as it has been eaten in Indonesia for centuries, I have a feeling that there are many different ways to prepare it using ingredients, like candlenut and laos root, endemic to or popular in Indonesia. Where is a Toronto or Toronto-area store where I can expect to find a variety of "Indonesian" ingredients?

Thank you for all of your suggestions,
Josh

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  1. zed1984 RE: pizzahunks Jan 12, 2008 09:28 AM

    T&T has a lot of stuff, as well as any one of the bigger chinatown grocers. my dad is singaporean, and growing up we ate lots of malay/indo style food, alot of stuff can also be found at the filipino grocers at st. clair west. pandan leaf extract, candlenut...noah;s healthfood store carries a selection of tempeh as well. hope that helps

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      Frank88 RE: zed1984 Jan 13, 2008 03:01 PM

      I realize this may be off topic, but where would one find good Indonesian food i.e. in terms of a restaurant? Thanks.

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        sumashi RE: Frank88 Jan 14, 2008 10:56 AM

        this has been discussed in several threads already....i think the general consensus is that there are no indonesian restaurants in or around toronto at all.

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        vorpal RE: zed1984 Jan 16, 2008 04:08 AM

        Anyone know whereabouts on St. Clair W these grocers are? I've been hunting for candlenuts forever and I'd be thrilled to be able to find them!

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          mikeb RE: vorpal Jan 16, 2008 06:07 AM

          There are a couple of small Philipino stores on the north side of St Clair W, west of Bathurst. The name JLB Pilipino and comes to mind. No idea whether they have candlenuts though. There's also a bakery around the corner on Bathurst.

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