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Sep 18, 2010 12:36 PM

Sorrel- HELP!!

I am making Gordon Ramsay's Cauliflower and Sorrel (with caviar no less) soup for my gourmet club this evening. Waited until today to get the Sorrel and CANNOT FIND IT ANYWHERE! Any suggestions? I have searched all Bristol Farms, Whole Foods and Gelsons. Is there any substitute? the bummer of it all is I only need a little bit (my guess is it is potent stuff- it is the garnish, but is important enough to be included in Chef Ramsay's title of the dish.

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  1. Ouch. A little late but I've seen it at the FM in SM. There really is NO substitute for Sorrel.

    1. Have you checked with Surfas? I am not sure if they carry something like this, but maybe. Also I would give Marina Farms on Centinela in Mar Vista a call and see if they have it.

      Marina Farms
      5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      Centinela Cafe
      4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      1. I've never seen it but at the Hollywood Farmer's Market when in season and only at 2 vendors, and no, there's no substitute to it. It's pretty bitter, so maybe you can try a tiny bit of wild arugula and/or young spinach. But it won't taste the same. I know Surfas doesn't carry fresh herbs, so I doubt they'd have it.

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        1. re: bad nono

          It's not really bitter, but sour which make it very distinctive.

        2. Try calling some Jamaician food markets in Oakland or Berkeley, they should have dried sorrel. Try calling any International food markets, some Spanish markets also carry sorrell. If you live in Sacramento, Call the Red Star International market. Good Luck.

          Good Luck Bar
          1514 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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          1. re: ijakie

            It's hard to find here, although in France, we use it all the time and find it everywhere ! Soups and in salmon dishes a lot. I found some years ago in NY. It's not bitter, but a little sour/tangy, somehow citrusy. Delicious. The closest taste, very similar actually, is radish leaves. (The red or red/white root with green small leaves, sold in bunch) really almost the same taste when cooked! Sshhhhh... French secret... :-)