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SmallGoodThings Jul 8, 2010 06:14 PM

I'm looking for three things that I can't seem to find anywhere in the city (in ascending order of difficulty).

1. frozen soursop (guanabana) pulp. I even called Goya's headquarters to find out which supermarkets carry it, to no avail.

2. Thai dark sweet soy sauce. No luck at m2m.

3. Filmjolk. Oh man. I poured this soured milk over granola every morning when I was in Sweden fifteen years ago, and I still have the taste memory. It's sort of like buttermilk, but better.

What are some hard-to-find ingredients that you've located recently?

Much obliged!

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    shf Sep 21, 2010 12:26 PM

    Western Beef in Crown Heights has guanabana pulp (Goya and one or two other brands). I don't know if the Manhattan WB has it.

    1. JungMann Jul 13, 2010 07:14 AM

      1. Soursop juice is relatively easy to find; pulp might be more dificult. The fruit is popular in Asia under such names as guyabano and mãng cầu. You might check Hong Kong Supermarket to see if they carry frozen pulp.

      2. Asia Market, Hong Kong Supermarket or the Thai grocer in Chelsea Market should have what you're looking for. At the very least they will have Chinese dark soy or Indonesian kecap manis.

      Asia Market
      71 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

      Hong Kong Supermarket
      157 Hester St, New York, NY 10013

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        fm1963 Jul 11, 2010 04:33 PM

        Not sure what you mean by "Thai dark sweet soy sauce" but if you're looking for kecap manis, the thick Indonesian soy sauce often used in Thai dishes, then it is available in most Chinatown grocery stores.

        You could also try your neighborhood Thai restaurant, which would probably sell you a bottle of whatever you're seeking with no markup.

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          Pookipichu Jul 9, 2010 07:02 AM

          A purveyor of fresh Chinese Bayberries has eluded me... As for soursop, Kee's makes a sousop macaroon so there's probably a supplier in this city.

          1. MVNYC Jul 9, 2010 05:53 AM

            The Thai Grocery store on Mosco street should have the Thai dark sweet soy sauce.

            I have seen guanabana nectar many places but never the pulp.

            Can't help with number three but it sounds good.

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            1. re: MVNYC
              gutsofsteel Jul 9, 2010 06:08 AM

              You might try the Mexican markets in east Harlem for the guanabana pulp. Like La Costenita on 2nd Ave or the one on 116th St...

              La Costenita
              2155 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10029

              1. re: MVNYC
                MVNYC Jul 9, 2010 06:43 AM


                You can order the pulp too.

                A side question, what are you using it for? I have eaten the fruit fresh and it is really good.

                1. re: MVNYC
                  SmallGoodThings Jul 11, 2010 01:12 PM

                  Thanks, MVNYC. I had some incredible guanabana milkshakes when I was in Costa Rica last year, and I want to experiment with the pulp. I'll probably start with some smoothies and cocktails, and see where that leads me. Any ideas?

                  1. re: SmallGoodThings
                    missmasala Jul 12, 2010 07:56 PM

                    If you're willing to trek out to Jackson Heights, Queens, both the trade fair and the met supermarkets carry frozen guanabana pulp. In fact, i have some in my freezer right now!
                    Easy trip on the 7 train.

              2. k
                kathryn Jul 8, 2010 09:09 PM

                1. These leads may help:

                2. Kalustyan's has something on their site called "Soy Sauce, Flavor With Mushroom, Thailand" -- not sure if that's what you're looking for.

                123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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