Any Salvadoran Groceries?
I've been teaching myself to make pupusas all week (nice winter hibernation project). Very, very happy with my results (my first exposure was to El Continental and then the women in Red Hook, so I have two great benchmarks, and two close Salvadoran friends to serve as taste-testers). But I'd like to take that next, completist step and go for it with all traditional ingredients if I can.
Specifically, I'm looking to find fresh loroco (which may be a trick but not an impossible task in New York City, since there are Salvadoran restaurants that serve pupusas with traditional queso y loroco filling, so it's being imported here). Also looking to find traditional Salvadoran quesillo, or queso con loroco and pineapple vinegar. I'm told there's also a Salvadoran cheese called duro blanco as well.
Anyplace that is within the five boroughs or Long Island and can be reached by a reasonable journey would be appreciated.
I'm disappointed you have gotten any answers. I've been trying to find Salvadoran Creme and can't find it anywhere (just Mexican creme). There are supposedly Salvadoran grocers in Hempstead, but that's a bit of a hike. Plus I haven't found actual store names online yet. Let me know if you have found anything. I know of at least 2 stores in Baltimore. I would think Manhattan would have at least one.
p.s. I'm also looking for a good Italian grocer and Korean grocer. The closer to Chelsea the better
There is a company in Long Island and one in Maryland that make(package) Central American style cheese, cream, horchata, beans, etc.. I can't remember the name of either company at the moment, but many grocery stores in predominantly Latino neighborhoods carry them.
If you are based out of Brooklyn try checking some of the larger markets on 5th avenue in Sunset Park. Another option would be to ask the folks at El Continental where they buy their loroco. There is also a small Guatemalan market on Bath Avenue btw 18th/bay parkway that carries some Central American products.
If you still can’t find it I would suggest trying Union City and West New York in New Jersey.