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Tamarind Paste or Brick in TO??

Does anyone know where I can find some tamarind paste, or even a brick of tamarind concentrate from which I can make my own paste?

Does Whole Foods carry the paste? Anywhere in St. Lawrence? I'm guessing Asian grocers might have what I'm looking but not sure where to start looking.

Btw. preferably somewhere in or near downtown TO!!

thanks in advance!

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  1. You can buy it at any T&T, or at the Indian grocery stores on Gerrard St.

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    1. re: foodyDudey

      The tamarind paste that they sell at T&T is NOT the same as the one found at the Indian grocery stores on Gerrard. The paste at the Indian grocery stores is a thick black paste; the one that T&T had was a more liquid brown paste (I don't recall what the ingredients were).

      Not sure what you are using it for, but I use it for pad thai, and the one that I bought at T&T didn't work.

      And when I was looking, Whole Foods didn't have any though that might have changed.

    2. I've picked it up at Lucky Moose on Dundas between Spadina and Beverly. It's the fairly thick, black paste type, I believe.

      1. I get the brick kind from the asian grocer on the west side of spadina just north of dundas. I cant remember the name of the store but it's the larger one where you take the steps down.

        I've also bought the paste from there, but like CarNut says, its much thinner than other Indian tamarind paste. However, I still use it for pad thai, although you have to use a lot more to get the same concentration

        I think the brick is generally worth the extra effort. I'm pretty sure Lucky Moose has both kinds also.

        1. House of Spice on Augusta.

          1. Any of the Asian stores on Spadina will have the brick - there's usually two sizes. Also Perola in Kensington market, the No Frills at Dufferin mall has it as well

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            1. re: kiwiFRUIT

              The store near the rice people in the basement of St. Lawrence carry several different brands of paste and bricks. Sorry I can't be more specific about the name of the place. Basically if you walk down the stairs and continue straight you will end up there.

              1. re: jamesm

                i have got them from food basics, its those bricks by mr goodas...

            2. Almost every Indian Grocery Store I have walked into carries the tamarind paste. The bottles sometime look a bit leaky and suspect though. The product in them works out fine for my purposes. Unfortunately all my sources are in Scarborough (Middlefield/Finch) Good luck!

              1. You'll find fresh tamarind at T&T (The Promenade).

                1. You can find it pretty much everywhere. I found the one at the walmart superstore the best, it was from thailand I think and soft already, wasn't rock hard with seed like the usual ones I see from indian grocers.