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Thai Yummieness Taro Pearls in Coconut Cream

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Jeangenie Apr 4, 2008 12:38 PM

Does anyone know of any Asian Markets in the Boston area (hopefully on public transportation) that carry S & P frozen meals? I used to get the taro desserts all the time from Super 88 in Allston, but for some reason they suddenly stopped carrying them about 4 months ago. The Super 88 in Chinatown has never carried them as far as I know. C market in on Lincoln Street carries S&P meals, which is the manufacturer, but doesn't carry the taro dessert. The C Mart in Washington does not carry them at all as far as I can see. Dok Bua Thai restaurant has them for $5 a pop, but that gets expsensive as I LOVE the stuff. Anyone know where else I could buy it? Oh, "import" section of S&P's web site is useless.

  1. kobuta Apr 7, 2008 06:15 AM

    If you're looking for the soup-like dessert, it's really easy to make. You can probably make it fresh from ingredients found in any Chinese grocery store.

    1. j
      Jeangenie Apr 8, 2008 06:45 AM

      It's not a soup.

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        kobuta Apr 8, 2008 12:57 PM

        Hmm..now I'm intrigued. Found a picture of it on a food site, and it looks almost like the tapioca dessert with taro, except it's a bed of coconut cream. In any case, I think I have seen the S&P stuff at Kam Man in Quincy. It's a short drive from Boston, or I believe there's a bus from Quincy Center station that stops near there. Not sure if that is too out of the way.

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          Jeangenie Apr 9, 2008 06:29 AM

          It is out of the way, but I'm sure that I will find myself in that area sooner or later since I know someone who lives in the area. You are the second person who told me to try Kam Man. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. I will post if I find them. : ) You are correct about the consistency of it. Having tasted it and read the ingredients listing, it looks like they take concentrated taro (like the powder used for bubble tea), mix it with glutinous rice powder, cook it, and cut it up into cubes. The coconut cream sauce it the perfect complement (because it's frozen, it tastes much better than canned coconut- blek!) This dessert is really yummy, I reccommend you try it.

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        Jeangenie Apr 9, 2008 06:43 AM

        I wish that Super 88 would carry it again. They are so weird. All of the S&P products are increadibly popular. They would sell out pretty quickly and the 88 was extremely lazy about restocking (or maybe they had trouble importing it), so I would just go back periodically to check to see if they got in a new shipment. They usually would restock it eventually. Now they seem to have just giving up ordering the stuff alltogether, as they haven't had anything from S&P since December. What's even weirder is that they haven't really put anything in the freezer to where the S&P products used to be. There used to be a "suggestion box" which no longer exists. I feel intimidated about inquiring at the courtesy booth as I don't speak Manderin or Cantonese. The cashiers all give off a "get in and get out" vibe, which I know isn't their fault, I'm sure that mgmt pushes them to work quickly as possible for maximum effeciency (which anyone shopping at Harvest Co op can apprecitate), but I feel too itimidated to ask, because I'm afraid either they will be like "why do you want to know, white girl?"

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