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Nov 2, 2008 07:53 AM

Help!!! I need to find a store in the EV that sells whole star anise

I am cooking this afternoon-- Whole Foods did not have it!

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  1. I know, you are cooking today and my answer is not the East Village, but the Park Slope Food Coop has it. So you could get a Brooklyn friend to stock you up for the future. Good luck for today.

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    1. re: Susannah

      you could try Patel Brothers (I think that's the name) on 6th and 1st. they have a wide variety of spices.

        1. re: jlix

          I think you mean Dual Specialty Store?

          1. re: kathryn

            The dual specialty store is a great neighborhood resource, now that Pete's spices is long gone. I hadn't been there in ages, but when I stopped in last night I found that they are far more organized than they used to be, and their inventory is better and more varied. It's a fun place to browse - I dropped in for fennel seeds (thinking maybe the fennel in porchetta is what fills my stomach and settles it at the same time) and I left with fennel seeds, tea, shiny bracelets. and a fun 6-compartment mukhwas dispenser. (Mukhwas is the digestive candied fennel seed assortment that you get after your meal in an Indian restaurant.)
            And I hadn't read this post yet, but I did notice whole star anise.

    2. Your best chance is to go to Chinatown. Any of the larger grocery stores (Kam Man, Hong Kong Supermarket) will have them.