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where to find palm sugar in nyc or queens?

navybean Jul 15, 2008 11:12 PM

hi - i'm not sure if this the right board for this question (i haven't really posted in a long time!) so please feel free to redirect...

does anyone know where to find palm sugar, the kind that comes in a soft sticky lump...we have taken some cooking courses in southeast asia and it is so very delicous that i would hate to cook some of these dishes without it!

thank you!

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    food_connoisseur RE: navybean Jul 17, 2008 10:24 AM

    You can usually get them at Chinese grocery stores. I haven't looked for palm sugar so I can't vouch for the availability of it here in NYC. Maybe check out Hong Kong Supermarket or similar stores.

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      snackpig RE: navybean Jul 17, 2008 10:30 AM

      The thai store on mosco street

      1. The Engineer RE: navybean Jul 17, 2008 11:58 AM

        Kalustians on Madison Ave (low 30s or high 20s, curry hill area) has both the lumps and the granulated palm sugar. And everything else...

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          thew RE: The Engineer Sep 24, 2009 06:59 AM

          kalustyan's is on lexington ave and 28th st.

          there, or the thai place on mosco, or hong kong supermarket on hester and elizabeth.

        2. Polecat RE: navybean Jul 20, 2008 05:02 PM

          New York Supermarket, Elmhurst, Queens, right next to the Elmhurst R, G and V stop. You'll find it in the Southeast Asian Aisle.

          1. JungMann RE: navybean Jul 21, 2008 09:32 AM

            Chelsea Thai in the Chelsea Market and Asian Market in Chinatown both have palm sugar.

            1. Joe MacBu RE: navybean Jul 23, 2008 07:44 AM

              All of the big markets in Jackson heights have it (for far less $$ than Kalustyans).
              Ask for jaggery.

              Subzi Mandi and Apna Bazaar are near the intersection of 73rd St and 37th Ave
              Patel Brothers is on 74th St between 37th Ave and Roosevelt.

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                guess RE: Joe MacBu Sep 23, 2009 06:11 PM

                What is palm sugar and what would I use it for?

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                  JungMann RE: guess Sep 24, 2009 06:36 AM

                  Palm sugar is sugar made from palm tree sap. It is darker and somewhat more full flavored than cane sugar, but not as rich as brown sugar. It's mostly used in SE Asia to add a distinctive sweetness to curries and sauces, as well as to make desserts.

                2. re: Joe MacBu
                  MikeG RE: Joe MacBu Sep 24, 2009 05:10 AM

                  "Jaggery" can be made from sugar cane, but I don't know which you're more likely to find in a random Indian grocery store. Most of what I've seen in Jackson Heights is from cane; I don't know which is more common in general.

                  I think the OP may be disappointed in the quality of the palm sugar here. It does taste good, but "soft" isn't the word I'd use to describe it - I guess it dries out in storage and transit?

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