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Oaxacan ingredients in Toronto

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So far, it seems near impossible to get Oaxacan ingredients, particularly Oaxacan chiles, in Toronto.

Oaxacan drinking chocolate (La Soledad brand) is now available in several different varieties at the La Tortilleria location at Dufferin and Bloor, which is great, because the major Mexican brands, Abuelita and Ibarra, have been deteriorating for some time. La Soledad is also cheap for the quality - 3.75 for a box of 350g (bitter, regular, or without almonds) or 3.75 for a bag of 500g of the regular "almendrado" variety.

Naco Gallery and Cafe on Dundas West also periodically stocks chocolate Mayordomo de Oaxaca, which is very good, and which I use in my moles.

But Oaxacan chiles (chile pasilla de Oaxaca, chilhuacles, onza, etc.) are not at all available. Are other chowhounders aficionados of Oaxacan food, and if so, have you been able to source these chiles?

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  1. I gave up on TO sources for chiles long ago and source mine from relatives in Phoenix. There are a few online Canadian sources but it's the ususal limited selection, iffy quality/freshness, stiff prices.

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      I'll be mail ordering pasillas de Oaxaca from the US. Do you know if $25/lb is a reasonable price these days?

    2. No luck at all & I've looked... The best place I've found so far is Perola's in Kensington market, but you will be hard pressed to find any specifically Oaxacan ingredient there.

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      Perola
      247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA