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Help me find PEA TENDRILS!

love2eat Apr 2, 2009 04:24 PM

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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    FED RE: love2eat Apr 2, 2009 04:34 PM

    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. ipsedixit RE: love2eat Apr 2, 2009 04:45 PM

      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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        Burger Boy RE: ipsedixit Apr 2, 2009 05:05 PM

        Does not sound like they went to a Chinese market.

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          love2eat RE: ipsedixit Apr 2, 2009 05:42 PM

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

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            J.L. RE: ipsedixit Apr 2, 2009 05:46 PM

            (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. toitoi RE: love2eat Apr 2, 2009 06:10 PM

            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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              J.L. RE: toitoi Apr 3, 2009 03:42 PM

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

            2. love2eat RE: love2eat Apr 2, 2009 06:15 PM

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

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                hlehmann RE: love2eat Apr 3, 2009 02:25 PM

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

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                  Cinnamon RE: love2eat Apr 4, 2009 05:42 PM

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

                  1. mollyomormon RE: love2eat Apr 4, 2009 05:48 PM

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

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                      baloney RE: mollyomormon Apr 4, 2009 06:26 PM

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

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609573

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                        mollyomormon RE: baloney Apr 4, 2009 08:38 PM

                        Thanks!!

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                          love2eat RE: mollyomormon Apr 4, 2009 10:10 PM

                          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!

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                      petite_syrah RE: love2eat Apr 4, 2009 10:06 PM

                      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.

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                        duhitsvictoria RE: love2eat Apr 5, 2009 08:14 PM

                        nijiwa on sawtelle has them all the time.

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                          patz RE: love2eat Apr 5, 2009 09:31 PM

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

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                            Jerome RE: love2eat Apr 5, 2009 11:09 PM

                            in mandarin they're called dou miao

                            print this out if you like -
                            豆苗

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                              J.L. RE: Jerome Apr 5, 2009 11:58 PM

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

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                                ipsedixit RE: J.L. Apr 6, 2009 09:02 AM

                                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. Dommy RE: love2eat Apr 5, 2009 11:11 PM

                              Got some today at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market

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