Indonesian food shopping in SF
We're doing a flying visit (from London), always on the look-out for Indonesian produce that we can't find at home. Is there anything out of the ordinary in San Francisco?
Things we can't find at home:
fiddlehead ferns (even tinned/frozen)
cassava leaves (daun ubi)
torch ginger fruit/buds (Etlingera eliator)
Also foods like putu bambu and lontong sayur
Any chance of finding any of these in San Francisco?
Also recommendations for a Sumatran-style (spicy) rather than Javanese (sweet) restaurant would be good.
Fiddlehead ferns are available seasonally at Berkeley Bowl, but they're way out of season. Lemon basil is common at Asian stands at farmers markets, but the season's about over.
Recent sighting of cassava leaves: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657567
Jengkol, you might look at Thai markets. Did the one out on Geary go out of business?
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