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Where to buy Tamarind paste

Dianne T Oct 19, 2010 05:27 PM

I have visited several Mexican Markets without success in finding Tamarind Paste, know of any place in the South Bay area of Los Angeles where I can find it ????

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    Sam D. Oct 21, 2010 03:06 AM

    I get mine from LAX-C near Chinatown. IIRC a jar of it is less than a dollar.

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      sparkareno Oct 20, 2010 04:50 PM

      I think I bought it at Cost Plus World Market once---don't know if they still carry it.

      Cost Plus World Market
      10860 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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        sushigirlie Oct 20, 2010 08:29 AM

        Whole Foods carries tamarind paste (jar, not brick).

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          yinyangdi Oct 20, 2010 04:47 PM

          I've gone to several WF (and other natural foods & mexican markets looking for tamarind paste) in LA/SFV w/o success. Which WF location have you found tamarind paste at?

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            sushigirlie Oct 20, 2010 06:20 PM

            whole foods on lincoln and rose sells neera's tamarind paste. i'm sure every thai store in thai town sells it also. bay cities on lincoln and broadway sells it too.

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          raizans Oct 19, 2010 06:31 PM

          all of the indian and middle eastern grocery stores in torrance have it, as well as saigon market in lawndale.

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            LL1 Oct 19, 2010 06:02 PM

            I found the brick variety recently at Silom Market, 5321 Hollywood Blvd. (Seafood City in Eagle Rock does not have it, by the way.)

            I thought this article about tamarind paste, how to buy it, etc. was good.


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              liu Oct 19, 2010 07:37 PM

              Thanks, LL1, for the LA Times article about using tamarind pulp or paste. I have an unopened jar of tamarind paste, and now I will open it with more purpose.

            2. scubadoo97 Oct 19, 2010 05:52 PM

              I find it in many Asian makets. Look to Middle Eastern as well.

              1. goodhealthgourmet Oct 19, 2010 05:35 PM

                Surfas, if you're willing to hit Culver City...or if you have an Indian market near you, they should have it.

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