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Dec 12, 2009 09:32 AM


Anyone know where I can get some dried okra, preferably in the South Bay area?

I'm thinking maybe Maruki or Mitsuwa might have but am curious if anyone has a definitive source.


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  1. Are you talking about okara, dried soybean pulp? Since you mention Marukai, I'm guessing you're after a Japanese ingredient. I've never heard of dried okra, the vegetable.

    1. It's easy to dry fresh okra in a slow oven, but I have seen the product somewhere in Southern California, if I'm not mistaken. I just can't remember where. I think it was in a bin at either Henry's or Sprouts or Whole Foods -- one of those kinds of places. As I said, you can dry it yourself without fuss or bother -- search for recipes.

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      1. re: Harry Nile

        I think I know what "young chower" is talking about. I've picked it up at the Marukai in Pacific Square in Gardena. It's almost like it's freeze dried and it's kind of salty/sweet. It's pretty crunchy. I haven't been in the place in a while, but I did find it there. Your best bet would be to call the store and enquire if they have it. As I recall it had some brand name, but I have no idea what the brand was.

      2. I just saw some last night at Mitsuwa on Centinela/Venice.