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Jun 5, 2010 02:11 PM

Pad Thai- Palm Sugar

I want to make Pad Thai with Palm Sugar but I can't find it anywhere in San Diego. Does anybody know where to get it?

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  1. Try one of the Asia markets.

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    1. Turbinado (raw) sugar, available in supermarkets, or even light brown sugar, will be a close approximation. It's not as though palm sugar is the chief component of the dish.

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      1. re: greygarious

        I'm pretty sure palm sugar will give me the authentic taste I want

        1. re: EIM86

          I've picked it up at Viet Dong market. No longer called Viet Dong, I think, but you might want to try them with their new name.

          99 Ranch would be another place to try.

          If impossible to find, try a mixture of turbinado and real maple syrup - this will give you that vegetative undertone that palm sugar brings to the dish.

          1. re: Ewilensky

            99 Ranch has it. I've gotten it there. Have to dig through all the aisles.

            1. re: Ewilensky

              The new name of the market in Linda Vista is Thuan Phat. It is located at 6935 Linda Vista Road. It is a member of the Shun Fat (SF) supermarket chain.

        2. I've gotten it from 99 Ranch. It's usually on a bottom shelf in a cellophane wrapped cone shape or in a plastic jar. I usually end up using dark brown sugar with good results as well.

          The issue with the palm sugar is if you don't use it regularly it solidifies into a brick that is nearly impossible to use. At least with the dark brown sugar I use it to bake too.

          1. I just saw it at North Park Produce.