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where to get panko bread crumbs?

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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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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.

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

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

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

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              1. re: Emme

                Trader Joe's recently stopped carrying panko.

              2. 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. 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. Many of the bakeries in Little Tokyo will have panko.

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

                        1. 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.

                          1. 99 Ranch
                            in the flour section
                            huge selection of panko crumbs.
                            will beat ralphs and trader joes.

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