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Oct 6, 2009 03:28 PM

Nopales in London?

Hi all. Does anyone know where I can buy nopalitos, cotija and pasilla chiles in London? I'm tired of the standard tacos/burritos which aren't too difficult to find here anymore, but I'd like to make some other stuff.

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  1. Tried cool chile? They have Pasilla.


      I keep meaning to visit this shop in Bethnal Green, but haven't made it out there yet.

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      1. re: greedygirl

        wow - what a great find, thanks Greedygirl. Its just down the road from me and I never knew this place existed!

      2. You won't be able to buy fresh nopales but I've bought tinned ones before at Wholefoods.

        GG, I discovered Casa Mexico for the 1st time a few weeks ago, it's been going for 6 years apparently. Nice shop run by an English guy and his wife who retired to Guadalajara a few years ago and have since moved back to London to open this place. Mainly handicrafts + decorations but a small, well-stocked food section. I bought a tortilla press, some masa flour, some dried oregano and some Mexican dulce de leche (cow's milk, they also had one made from goat's milk) which turned out to be delicious and even better than Argentinian ones I have bought in the past. Definitely worth checking out, located on a cute residential street in Bethnal Green.

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        1. re: oonth

          Do they have cotija there? Still haven't found in London and I'm craving grilled corn.

          1. re: CTownFeedR

            I went over a year ago, and they had no cotija or fridge. I've been meaning to try to make some from scratch for months, but haven't gotten around to it. I'm sure somebody on Home Cooking can assist.

        2. Taqueria has nopales and cotija and pasilla chiles as well I'm pretty sure. They stock products from cool chile

          139-143 Westbourne Grove
          Notting Hill
          W11 2RS

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            1. re: CTownFeedR

              As relizabeth says, no perishables at Casa Mexico so no cotija. But still worth checking out which you can also do online. Btw I coat my grilled corn in Indian BBQ masala, lime juice and Japanese kewpie mayo - an awesome combo if I say so myself especially with the current crop of sweetcorn from farmers' markets.

              Taqueria/Cool Chile - good selection either at the restaurant/shop itself or at Wholefoods (also Borough Market). I bought one of their "mole kits" a few weeks back which I need to try out at some point. Taqueria itself a mixed bag, I've had one very good meal and two underwhelming ones. Boho Mexica new kid on the block, haven't been yet but seems to be getting relatively positive reviews.

              1. re: oonth

                You are going to get me onto a major corn kick with that kind of talk!

                1. re: CTownFeedR

                  You can also get an extensive amount of Mexican goods here. Including Nopales in jar. I Personally thought they were, a little too slimey for my liking

                2. re: oonth

                  I haven't done much research, but cool chili co @ taqueria is much better priced than at whole foods.