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sydvischus Jun 10, 2009 05:53 PM

I'm a big fan of the soy fish that many Thai vegan restaurants serve - it's got a totally different texture and taste than the soy chicken/beef that is sold in Trader Joe's / Whole Foods - and I believe it's made with seaweed. Does anyone have any idea of what Asian grocery store within a half hour of West Hollywood would sell this so i can make it at home? Thanks!

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    PandanExpress Jun 10, 2009 06:37 PM

    I don't know of any Asian grocery store within a half our of West Hollywood.

    If you're willing to take a longer drive, Ranch 99 has them in the frozen foods aisle. The good news is, they come in huge multi-fillet pieces, so you can stock up.

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      crystaw Jun 11, 2009 12:24 PM

      My mom is a vegetarian so our family is very familiar with mock meats. I can't really think of any places within the geography you're seeking though so I can only give you recommendations for the San Gabriel Valley-so if you're ever in the area! 99 Ranch is a good start. Vege USA is my mom's go to place though. http://www.vegeusa.com/
      Their hours are kind of strange and I know they have or are moving to a new location in Monrovia so you may want to call before you go there.

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        Sam D. Jun 11, 2009 01:02 PM

        I have seen it at Hawaii Supermarket, at Valley Blvd. & Del Mar in San Gabriel. That's probably a little more than a 30 min. drive from WeHo.

        You might also try LAX-C, the monstrous Thai/Asian grocery near Chinatown,

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          sydvischus Jun 11, 2009 06:03 PM

          Thanks - I'm somewhat close to Koreatown but not sure if those groceries carried this - looks like I should aim more towards a Chinese grocery store.

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            Cinnamon Jun 11, 2009 06:19 PM

            Well, you're not too terribly far from Thai Town. But the even closer Koreatown supermarkets are worth a look just to experience them. I've been to the one at the Galleria, Galleria Market. (The Olive bakery just outside the front is really good, too.)
            http://koreatowngalleria.com/

            There's also The Plaza Market at Koreatown Plaza.
            http://www.koreatownplaza.com/Category.asp#Supermarket

            I believe it's Silom Supermarket up in Thai Town that is the big Thai grocer there.
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/silom-supermarket-los-angeles

            Thai Town is basically Hollywood Blvd. between Normandy and Western.

            This Veggie Guide says that Silom has tins of fake abalone... so that's a start.
            http://www.vegguide.org/entry/3361

            But if you're close to Koreatown now, I say venture over there for a look, since that will be the easiest return option for future needs.

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              sydvischus Jun 11, 2009 06:26 PM

              Good call on Silom as the link says there's a whole fridge full of mock-meats - going there tomorrow!

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                Cinnamon Jun 11, 2009 06:31 PM

                Have fun. They have a lot of good fresh veggies too.

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                  sydvischus Jun 14, 2009 04:37 PM

                  So Silom had a good four freezers full of mock meats - vege "salmon", "fresh fish", kung pao "chicken", black pepper "steak", soy "jumbo shrimp" etc. - it was amazing - thanks for the tip! I was also able to buy my favourite vegetable, Chinese broccoli, for $1.29 a pound. Going to try to cook some up tonight with a Thai garlic pepper sauce recipe I found online...

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                    Cinnamon Jun 14, 2009 07:03 PM

                    Oh yay!

          2. yeaaahtoast Jun 12, 2009 11:53 AM

            Just FYI for something a bit farther away, in Glendale there's a Korean market just north of the 134 that has a good selection HK Market (831 N Pacific Ave # A Glendale, CA 91203). They also have a great selection of fresh pickles.

            My favorite of all time though is farther out east, Arcadia Market in yes, Arcadia, off the 210 ( 645 W Duarte Rd Arcadia, CA 91007). The have a fresh refrigerated section of mock fish, chicken, sausage, and a whole frozen section as well with larger cuts, roasts, and other mock meats.

            Thanks Cinnamon for your list, i'm going to check those out too!

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              travelingmansoul Jun 14, 2009 07:00 PM

              Vinh Loi Tofu in Reseda - it's great! you can buy mock fish and meat..prepared in vietnamese style....

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