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Jul 8, 2010 06:14 PM

You can find anything in NYC, right?

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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  1. 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

    1. 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

        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

          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

            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

              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. 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. 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.

            1. 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