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Help me find PEA TENDRILS!

Hi Hounds,

I posted earlier about where to find piment d'espelette. I found that fine and I got some pea tendrils at the SM farmer's market on Wednesday. I needed these ingredients to replicate LA MILL's english pea soup. Made the soup yesterday and it was delicious. I want to make it again today but am out of pea tendrils. The recipe recommended finding the tendrils in asian markets. I hit up FOUR asian supermarkets today to no avail. Please does anyone know where I can buy pea tendrils without having to wait for a farmer's market? FYI, the asian markets that I tried were two locations of California Market, HK market, and that huge korean supermarket on Olympic and Berendo.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. any of those markets should have them. sometimes they're called pea shoots. same thing. they'll be in a clear plastic clamshell box. you'll need to buy like a pound of htem, but they're cheap.

    1. I'm surprised the Chinese markets did not have them.

      They're usu. not labled as "pea tendrils" but rather "pea shoots".

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Does not sound like they went to a Chinese market.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Maybe I made the mistake of going to all Korean markets. I'll try some Chinese supermarkets. Suggestions?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            (As usual,) I agree with ipse...

            Get thee to a 99 Ranch market & buy the pea shoots. The one in San Gabriel (corner of Del Mar, in Focus Plaza) is bound to have them.

          2. Bought pea shoots on Monday at the new Korean market in Little Tokyo - Alameda between 3rd and 4th, where Mitsuwa used to be. $1.99 for the box.

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            1. re: toitoi

              That place is still feeling its oats, but they do carry great & cheap produce!

            2. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try these tomorrow.

              1. I know they have them at the 99-Ranch market at Sepulveda & Victory; I just bought some there a couple of days ago.

                1. Pretty sure I just saw these at the Ralphs in El Segundo near El Segundo Blvd.

                  1. Would you mind posting the recipe on the home cooking board? It sounds delicious...

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                    1. re: mollyomormon

                      I posted the link in the below thread to the LA Times website which has the recipe.


                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          I have an insatiable appetite for this soup! It is insanely good. I have made it twice already in one week. I haven't tried it chilled yet as the recipe calls for but I'm sure I will once the weather becomes warmer. It is delicious warm. No need for the optional sugar either. English peas are very sweet right now and the spicy to sweet ratio is spot on without the added sugar. Enjoy!

                    2. I made that soup tonite... WOW is it good.

                      Went for dim sum today at New Capitol in San Gabriel. Checked out the 99 Ranch Market next door after and they had them.

                      1. nijiwa on sawtelle has them all the time.

                        1. I've also seen them at several Whole Foods (of course they're more expensive - 2.99)

                          1. in mandarin they're called dou miao

                            print this out if you like -

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                            1. re: Jerome

                              In my opinion, 豆苗 is a wonderful, flavorful way to balance out a sometimes hyper-carnivorous Chinese meal/banquet.

                              1. re: J.L.

                                I would be happy with just an entire plate of young tender 豆苗 stir-fried with some garlic and salt and pepper to taste. No need for balance! :-)

                            2. Got some today at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market