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Where to buy spices (specifically cumin) in Chinatown/Soho?

shorts Jan 23, 2009 05:17 AM

Need to buy some cumin for a recipe tonight and I don't really want to but McCormick's from the market. Is there anyplace downtown that is like a Kalyustan's?

  1. JungMann Jan 23, 2009 05:49 AM

    If you need something as ubiquitous as cumin, you can go to Dean and Deluca's. Cumin in Chinatown tends not to be very potent in my experience. Probably because it is not a common ingredient outside certain regional dishes.

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    1. re: JungMann
      shorts Jan 23, 2009 05:54 AM

      Yeah, I was thinking D&D, but hoping not to spend $4.75 for an ounce and a half. It'll end up costing 10 bucks for the amount I need.

      Im used to buying spices in bigger quantities online but need something for tonight!

      Any other ideas? Doesnt have to be Chinatown....maybe Bowery Whole Foods?

      1. re: shorts
        JungMann Jan 23, 2009 05:59 AM

        Whole Foods is a great call. I bought a very large container from there for only 99 cents a few years ago. The price might have changed, but the quality should still be the same.

        1. re: shorts
          Pan Jan 23, 2009 08:16 AM

          Go to Dual, 1st Av. between 5th and 6th. High-quality spices cheap, and in quantity.

          1. re: Pan
            shorts Jan 23, 2009 08:18 AM

            Thanks for the idea.

            1. re: shorts
              Pan Jan 23, 2009 09:03 AM

              You're welcome. I live a couple of blocks from them, and I'm a regular. Just don't get any of the refrigerated desserts that have (or should have) a quick expiration date. They've been moldy so many times that I've given up. But for spices, they're a fine source.

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        egp Jan 23, 2009 09:11 AM

        If it's not too far away, you could go to Commodities, a health food store on 1st Ave between 10th and 11th Sts. Bulk spices that are fresh and inexpensive!

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        1. re: egp
          Pan Jan 23, 2009 11:07 AM

          I'm sure they're more expensive than Dual. I get organic fruit at Commodities, but the place isn't cheap.

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