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This seems like a stupid thing to have to make a post for, but I'm looking for two Chinese ingredients:

Lan Chi brand Chili Paste with Garlic: http://www.lanchifoods.com/Product_Im...
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Douchi/fermented black beans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douchi

I've checked the Chinatown C-Mart, Reliable Market, Ebisuya (yes, I know we're staying a bit at this point), and Shaw's/Market Basket/etc.

Have you seen these things? Am I just blind?

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  1. I've bought the Lan Chi Chili Garlic past at Mings and at the Allston 88/HK Mart.

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    1. re: ponyboy

      I was at the Allston Super 88 on Saturday and saw no Lan Chi brand products. Of course, the fermented black beens were no problem.

    2. There's also a big Asian-restaurant-ish food supply store down in South Boston.. Something Packing, can't recall the name? I remember the signs saying wholesale only, but they don't care or check. They had a rather large selection of various condiments.

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      1. re: grant.cook

        Gosh, I'd be psyched to know that name or at least more or less location...

        1. re: grant.cook

          Food Pack? They actually don't really allow the public to shop there.

          1. re: ponyboy

            Of course if you have a Tax ID number, which anyone can get...

            1. re: ponyboy

              I've been in there a half dozen times and never an issue.. and I am a 5'8" caucasian guy who reeks of "suburbia".. if they let me in, they're pretty open. I never had to supply any wholesale info when I checked out.

              1. re: grant.cook

                No customer number?

                1. re: ponyboy

                  My guess is that the emporium perhaps requires no numerical identification as long as one pays in cash...

          2. You can find the fermented black beans in C-Mart, probably Reliable, definitely Super 88 Allston, or whatever it's called now; Hong Kong Market? I've even seen the cardboard 'can' shown in the Wiki article at Whole Foods...

            1. I know I've seen at least the Chili Paste with Garlic, and probably the fermented beans at China Merchandise in Burlington, and probably at the nearby HMart.

              1. Those are very common products. I know you can find them at Kam Man.

                I am very surprised that youcan't find them at C-mart or even 88/Hong Kong or whatever.

                1. i have seen both those items at c-mart and hong kong market. the chili paste is usually in the condiments aisle and the fermented black beans are usually in a bag on the bottom shelf of one of the other aisles

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                  1. re: galangatron

                    You can definitely by them at C-Mart. They are, as glangatron says, at the bottom shelf at the back of one of the aisles, I think the second or third aisle from your left (facing the back of the store).

                    They are situated with the other legumes (soybeans,black soybeans, etc.) in a clear cellophane bag. They are black and have a cooked texture, soft and squishy. 99cents will get you enough to use for about six months, unless you cook with them every single day.