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Where do i buy Aji(peruvian chili pepper)?

blackbookali Apr 11, 2008 09:16 AM

any ideas? is there a "peruvian" market in LA?

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    estone888 RE: Ollie Apr 11, 2008 10:23 AM

    Aji peppers have a very distinct flavor. I don't think you can adequately substitute other peppers for them. I have never found them fresh here in L.A. But I have found them canned and pickled in jars, as well as aji sauce in bottles, at a number of different Latino markets around town. There is usually a big selection at the very large supermarket on Atlantic Blvd. south of the 60 Fwy, but I've seen them in lots of places. I'm partial to the brand - Amazonas - which you can also find online if you need to.

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      petradish RE: estone888 May 6, 2008 01:06 PM

      Also check the freezer section of markets...I've seen whole orange and red Peruvian peppers there (Amazonas brand IIRC) .

    2. Servorg RE: blackbookali Apr 11, 2008 10:33 AM

      If you only need it one time I wonder if Pollo ala Brassa would part with a quantity of it for not too much money? Corner of 8th and Western in K-town.

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        estone888 RE: Servorg Apr 11, 2008 10:54 AM

        They do sell little containers of their sauce for 50 cents, but I think you can do better with making your own from the canned or bottled peppers. I even like the bottled sauce better than their's.

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        Nicole RE: blackbookali Apr 11, 2008 12:31 PM

        I don't think fresh aji exists in L.A....I don't even think most the local peruvian restaurants use fresh aji. At least, it doesn't taste like it to me and my (Peruvian) husband.

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          Jerome RE: blackbookali Apr 11, 2008 02:23 PM

          Catalina market, on Western Ave just south of Santa Monica Blvd, has a good selection of jarred peruvian imports - various Andean tubers, huacatay, different ajis, chicha morada...

          there are so many peruvian restaurants, I bet someone at one of them could let you know if they are available, and then you could let us know.

          1. DiveFan RE: blackbookali May 6, 2008 01:17 PM

            If you're in the South Bay, Saigon Market (!) has jarred Peruvian chiles.

            Also for jarred/canned product, you should check the larger Latino supermarkets (Northgate, Vallarta, Gigante, Big Saver) if one is near you.

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