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Where can I buy specialty cooking supplies (molecular)?

BeanTownGolfer Apr 19, 2010 08:21 PM

Does anyone have any local sources in or around Sydney for Sodium Alginate, Sodium Citrate, Calcium Gluconate, Agar Agar, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Ultra-Tex 3, Xantham Gum and Calcium Lactate? I wasn't sure how thouse would fair through customs so I left my supplies back in the states and now trying to find a local supplier.

Thanks in advance

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    jpyoung Apr 19, 2010 09:55 PM

    I've also been hunting around for MG supplies in Sydney. Here's what I've tried...

    [1] Citric acid, tartaric acid, corn syrup (glucose syrup) and tapioca flour are all in at least some Coles/Woolworths.
    [2] Red Spoon Company (http://www.redspooncompany.com/) in Sydney and PaddyMelon Gourmet (http://www.mfcd.net/store/) both cater to the MG market. Both have all of those ingredients (I think) except Ultra-Tex. PaddyMelon seem to be the only ones with N-Zorbit M
    [3] The only physical store in Sydney which stocks MG that I know of is Simon Johnson (they also deliver), who have the El Bulli Texturas range. The only problem is that Texturas is overpriced and Simon Johnson is overpriced, leading to phenomenal costs.
    [4] I have successfully imported some of these things. I made an order through Will Powder for N-Zorbit M and Ultra-Tex (http://www.willpowder.com/). Shipping cost the same as my order, effectively doubling the cost, but still you're looking at a similar price to what you'd pay from Australian retailers.
    [5] El Bulli stuff is available from a few NZ stores as well. The NZ$ prices are about the same as Simon Johnson's AUD$ prices, which means that I have found it cheaper to order a few things from NZ with about $10AUD shipping.
    [6] I also placed an order for Pure Cote B790 from Le Sanctuaire (http://www.le-sanctuaire.com/), which is about the only place in the world that seems to sell it to individuals. Their shipping prices start from about $30-40AUD.

    I hope that helps. Obviously I'm rather obsessed, but I haven't had problems importing tapioca maltodextrin or Ultra-Tex or even cream powder yet, so I think customs/quarantine will be fine with all these ingredients - lyophilised fruit should also be fine, but I can't guarantee it.

    1. PhilD Apr 20, 2010 03:03 PM

      It may be good to pop into, or call, The Bentley Restaurant & Bar in Surrey Hills (02 9332 2344) and have a chat with Brent Savage to find out where he gets his supplies from. They are a nice crew there and I am certain they would be happy to help.

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        BeanTownGolfer Apr 20, 2010 09:50 PM

        Very much appreciated. Looks like I found this weekends adventure (other than finding an apartment).

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        spicyme Jan 9, 2011 02:47 AM

        Red Spoon Company now has a store in Sydney, ordered online a few times and went in to check it out, walked out a lot poorer.

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          PhilD Jan 9, 2011 01:04 PM


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            fergal76 Jan 10, 2011 12:47 PM

            The wonders of Google!

            461 Liverpool Road, Strathfield - (02) 9758 7459

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