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Jul 20, 2009 08:28 PM

Where Can I Buy Chinese Sesame Paste?

Am jonesing for some Cold Sesame Noodles NY style and all posts on the web, including here, say that Chinese Sesame Paste is key and way better and different from tahini. Hopefully it's cheaper too!

I live in Silverlake and went to two of the Filipino Seafood Markets on Vermont, but had no luck.

Honestly, it's doubtful that I'll schlep out to Monteray Park for this - can anyone suggest someplace in 323?

Thanks a bunch!


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  1. Give Wing Hop Fung in Chinatown a shot.

    Wing Hop Fung
    727 N Broadway 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    1. You might try "A Grocery Warehouse" on Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park
      1489 W Sunset Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90026

      Otherwise in Chinatown Ai Hoa Market on Hill Street has it. I've bought it there. It's like $2.25 a bottle.
      860 N. Hill Street

      1. If there's a 99 Ranch near you, I'd give that a try, would be surprised if they didn't have it.

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        1. re: mikester

          Yeah-99 Ranch was going to be my suggestion. Any Chinese supermarket ought to have it though. Cold noodles are one of my favorites when it's hot.

        2. And the winner is... "A Grocery Warehouse"...! It was the closest to my house and the only place I had to go to. What a great store! Thanks so much for the tip. The manager was super helpful and also explained to me how to cook the fresh egg noodles I bought (you don't cook them, you just dip in boiling water to get the flour off).

          I'm sure the other places are great to, but this was less than 10 minutes up Sunset Blvd for me.


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          1. re: mnanda

            Oh - and so much cheaper than Tahini - wow! It was like 3 bucks or something - maybe 2.50. Smaller than jars of Tahini, but I don't need much.

            Thanks again.

            1. re: mnanda

              Good to hear. It is a gem of a store.
              I just made some for lunch.

              I like the fresh large size noodles and get them by the 10 pound box at Canton Food for $6.95. You have to cook those for about 3 minutes.

              Canton Food Co
              750 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA