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where to get panko bread crumbs?

jchaire Nov 15, 2008 01:34 PM

Any recommendations on the east side - Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake? Or do I have to go to a Japanese specialty store in Little Toyko or Sawtelle?

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    bad nono Nov 15, 2008 02:06 PM

    On the East Side, I don't know, but I found some recently at Whole Foods, and I find it at certain Ralph's stores.

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    1. re: bad nono
      bulavinaka Nov 15, 2008 02:15 PM

      I've seen panko at most grocery stores in the same category as Whole Foods as well - Bristol Farms, Gelson's et al. Trader Joe's used to carry the product - don't know if they still do. And yes, I've seen it at a fair amount of grocery chains as well.

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      aapld Nov 15, 2008 02:22 PM

      Look in the ethnic aisles at your food store - it'll be near the kikomans and raman noodles. I've rarely found it by regular breadcrumbs.

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        Adsvino Nov 15, 2008 02:55 PM

        Pavillions on Olympic and Beverly has the best ones, from Japan, not american made ones.

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          arobin2you Nov 15, 2008 03:09 PM

          Cost Plus

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            hlehmann Nov 15, 2008 05:24 PM

            My local Ralphs in the San Fernando Valley has it in the oriental food aisle.

            1. Emme Nov 15, 2008 06:33 PM

              trader joe's even, and as suggested above regular markets as well.

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                Bob Brooks Nov 16, 2008 08:03 AM

                Trader Joe's recently stopped carrying panko.

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                  Emme Nov 16, 2008 11:05 AM

                  i'll be damned :)

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                sel Nov 15, 2008 08:16 PM

                LAX-C has them in several size packages, only place that I've found large restaurant size boxes of panko.

                1100 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA

                1. Will Owen Nov 15, 2008 08:24 PM

                  All of these are reliable sources. What you want if you can get to them is CHEAP sources, mostly any Korean-based Japanese food store. Any Asian market has these for two-thirds to half what you pay at Ralphs or TJs, and the Korean places are even less. None to be found on the Westside, I'm sure, but in the SGV and Long Beach I've found them in bountiful quantity.

                  That said, they aren't really expensive anywhere.

                  1. ipsedixit Nov 15, 2008 10:31 PM

                    Many of the bakeries in Little Tokyo will have panko.

                    1. maxzook Nov 16, 2008 04:04 PM

                      I saw panko at the Ralphs at Hollywood & Western -- on the shelf with "regular" breadcrumbs, i.e. not the Asian food section.

                      And I would be very surprised if the Vons at Sunset & Virgil didn't have them as well.

                      1. lucygoosey Nov 16, 2008 04:20 PM

                        also at vons @ 3rd and bev, or the thai market on melrose, bangkok market, great place for loads of all asian ingredients.

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                          jchaire Nov 17, 2008 01:50 PM

                          Actually Von's on Sunset & Virgil didn't have them - they had a Progresso branded panko, but I wanted an Asian brand. Maybe I needed to look in the Asian foods section, though.

                          But thanks to all who responded. I did find them (many brands in fact) at the California Market on Western & 5th, which is a great Korean grocery store, by the way.

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                            AndyGanil Nov 17, 2008 10:55 PM

                            99 Ranch
                            in the flour section
                            huge selection of panko crumbs.
                            will beat ralphs and trader joes.

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                              schrutefarms Nov 18, 2008 12:58 AM

                              Just got some at Gelsons, they had about three or four different brands-in the asian food aisle, and also next to the stuffing.

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