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Where can I find siracha?

sake Feb 10, 2008 04:37 PM

Been to Dominion and Whole Foods this weekend - no luck.

  1. Juniper Feb 10, 2008 04:40 PM

    If you're talking about sriracha, the hot sauce most associated with Vietnamese foods, you're looking in the wrong spots. Just about any Asian grocery store carries it. All general grocers along Spadina carry it, T&T, Big Land, etc. out in the 'burbs carry it.

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      d80 Feb 10, 2008 05:27 PM

      Dominion at College Park carried it last time I was there.

      1. pescatarian Feb 10, 2008 05:40 PM

        I find it hard to believe that you can't find Sriracha sauce at Whole Foods. In any event, I've always gotten mine at Loblaws or T&T. Loblaws often has it on sale (near the ketchup) and T&T has a whole isle devoted to hot sauces, including different brands of Sriracha. I always get the same one - can't remember the name, but it's a big see-through squeeze bottle - the kind you see when you get Japanese food in the food court.

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        1. re: pescatarian
          325i Feb 10, 2008 05:49 PM

          Most Loblaws/T&T will have it. Lee Kum Kei will be the easiest brand you can find. But I believe there is this brand which has a clear bottle and manufactured in Los Angeles will give you the most authentic flavour as I've seen most Viet/Thai restaurants have that.

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          MindGrinder Feb 10, 2008 05:58 PM

          Just about anywhere. "Borrow" one from a hot dog cart!

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            ShanaGirl Feb 10, 2008 08:22 PM

            You might want to make sure to check the "ethnic foods" section -- for example, I think the one in Dominion in College Park is directly across from the refrigerated packaged fresh meats section, just down the aisle from the pasta sauces.

            If you aren't familar with the product, it should look similar to this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia...

            1. Davwud Feb 11, 2008 06:56 AM

              I'm having a hard time believing you can't find it in the ethnic foods section of just about any grocery store. Even No Frills carries it.


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              1. re: Davwud
                sake Feb 11, 2008 07:19 AM

                I was surprised too, that I didn't see it at WF. But, I looked and looked. Not surprised though that I didn't see it at my local Dominion (Bloor and Spadina). It's probably the worst grocery store in Toronto. I'll have to try Loblaw.

                1. re: sake
                  detritus Feb 11, 2008 07:34 AM

                  Did you ask someone at Whole Foods? The people there are reasonably well-informed. I have a *really* hard time believing they don't carry it. In fact, I'd bet they've got a bunch of different brands/flavours.


                  1. re: sake
                    Pantz Feb 11, 2008 03:03 PM

                    I sincerely doubt the Spadina/Bloor Dominion is the worst grocery store in town. There are a few No Frills that are pretty sketchy. I nominate the one at King and Jameson!

                    Sake - when you finally do find some sriracha (try strolling south on Spadina or West on Bloor), I recommend you go for Suree Brand - not the ubiquitous Huy Fong "Rooster" brand. IMO, the Suree brand is a nicer balance of sweetness, heat and garlicky goodness. Or try them both.

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