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Pandan leaves in San Francisco?

chocomel Sep 13, 2010 10:20 AM

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. Robert Lauriston RE: chocomel Sep 13, 2010 10:33 AM


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      chocomel RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 13, 2010 11:26 AM

      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...

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        bigwheel042 RE: chocomel Sep 13, 2010 05:24 PM

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

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      zippo RE: chocomel Sep 13, 2010 02:28 PM

      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

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        celeryroot RE: chocomel Sep 13, 2010 02:35 PM

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

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