Searching for Balinese ingredients
I just got a Bali cookbook, and now the search must begin for these ingredients that I haven't seen anywhere before. After a thorough search of my nearest Asian grocery store (HT Oaktree), these are the things I'm still trying to locate :
Banana flower (aka banana blossom)
Banana heart / ares / banana trunk
Cassumunar ginger / bangke ginger
Ginger buds / wild ginger flower / torch ginger
Kaffir limes (the actual fruit, not the leaves - those are easy to find)
Lime solution / lime paste / limestone powder
Salam leaf / Indonesian bay leaf
Any help would be appreciated
I shop at little further north, 99Ranch and Star Produce (near 99 and 200). I've seen the banana flower at both. I've seen the lime paste at star; I don't recall if I've seen it a 99. 99 has a section of Indonesian and Maylay canned/bottled goods, which may overlap your needs. Star has a good selection of herbs, many in plastic bags in boxes on the floor below the cooler with cilantro and such. But they are not labeled.
Wow, that is a deep list! I have two other thoughts, but both of these will be a little off target. Mekong Rainier is my go-to source for SE Asian ingredients, and I seem to recall seeing banana blossom there before. There is also Seafood City, the Filipino supermarket in Southcenter. http://crosscut.com/2010/08/05/food/2...
Have you tried any of the Asian grocery stores on Jackson? Bit of a long shot but worth a try. There's Viet Wah, Hau Hau and forgetting the name of the third one all close to the intersection of Jackson and 12th in the ID. I guess Uwajimaya is also worth a try.
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA
I'm a regular at the Bellevue stores and I haven't seen long pepper there. Perhaps asking for it by it's Indian name, Pippali, will help? Never been to JD's. Though long pepper is native to India, it's not used that much anymore. I'm curious to learn how it;s used in Balinese cooking!