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Feb 8, 2010 10:22 AM

Where can I find asian "Sambal Belacan"?

Does anybody know where can I find Sambal Belacan (usually used for cooking.. in south east asia) in Montreal, preferably around downtown area?

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  1. The best selection of sambals are at Jean -Talon market at the shop ... La Dépense, I think it's called? It's where we get our sambal badjak. Belacan is shrimp paste which is called trassi (or terasi) as well, so if you find sambal trassi, it's the same thing. I get my belacan at St-Denis and Jean Talon, Marché Oriental which might also carry the sambal you want.

    1. thank you!! im going to marche tomorrow!

      1. It's a bit out of your way, but Marche Hawaii in V. St. Laurent has a pretty good, and ever expanding Indonesian section. They have a lot of products I just can't find elsewhere.

        1. You can get it at Marche Hawaii, and it's been recently stocked at G&D and Kien Vinh in Chinatown as well.

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          1. re: thefoodscientist

            Food scientist, do those Chinatown shops have other Indonesian or Malaysian sambals as well?

            Kien Vinh
            1062 Boul Saint-Laurent,
            Montreal, QC
            H2Z 1J5
            T: 514-393-1030

            Marché G&D
            1006 Boulevard Saint Laurent
            Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4

            Neither of the Marché Hawaï locations are close to downtown: one is northwest (VSL), the other Northeast (St-Léonard).

            Unfortunately, La Dépense has become a "tea bar" and the olive and spices shop that belongs to the same owners will only stock a couple of the most popular sambals, not belacan.

            1. re: lagatta

              I didn't check for sambals but I did pick up a nice big brick of belacan at G&D recently, same brand as they sell at Marché Hawai.