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Sep 13, 2010 10:20 AM

Pandan leaves in San Francisco?

I'm trying to buy some pandan leaves (screwpine) to make some kaya spread. I walked through Chinatown looking for it but could not find any (also don't speak cantonese, so i couldn't really ask anyone, though i tried). Please let me know where i can find some pandan leaves, ideally somewhere close to chinatown/fidi since I live in the area. Fresh or frozen works for me. Pandan essence would not work... Thank you!

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thank you! I saw those posts, I guess no luck in getting pandan leaves without having to go to richmond or south sf. Was wondering if anyone else has seen some in chinatown.

      Since moving downtown, I have had a hard time finding items not essential to chinese cooking (lemongrass, thai basil) and the storekeepers would yell everytime i try to ask. That's too bad, I just wish we have one SE Asian store in chinatown...

      1. re: chocomel

        You can usually get lemongrass and Southeast Asian herbs at the Civic Center farmer's market. Haven't seen pandan though.

    2. BC Deli on Franklin between 8th and 9th Streets makes a waffle with a green, creamy filling made with pandan leaves and coconut ($1.25/each), very fragrant. If you ask them, they might give you a lead.

      BC Deli
      818 Franklin St
      (between 8th St & 9th St
      )Oakland, CA 94607

      1. I just bought some today at May Wah's on Clement