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Jan 7, 2010 03:06 PM

Good Japenese and Peruvian grocery store in the UWS?

Hey there are a few specific ingredients I'm looking for, and I'd like to find them in my neighborhood (Upper West Side) if possible. I talked to a chef I know, and he told me my best bet is to try a Japanese and Peruvian grocery store.

The first is "Sake Lees Vinegar" (in Japan it's called Yusen Su). Basically a vinegar made out of the "lees" (a solid product that site on the bottom when sake is created).

The second is Aji Panca and Aji Amarillo. Basically a peruvian pepper paste. Can't find these things in any store in Manhattan.

Here is an example of the Aji Amarillo:

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  1. So, did you go? Do they have Aji of any kind? Do they have Rocoto peppers? I'm looking for a place that sells these ingredients also, although to be fair I haven't looked very hard.