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Feb 2, 2011 02:40 PM

Shasito peppers (sp?)

A friend brought some shasito peppers (sp) from California and quickly grilled them with a little sesame oil. Terrific. Can't find them. Might I have the name wrong?

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  1. Shishito is what you are looking (spelling) for. It's pretty common and inexpensive, most Asian stores will have them. They are dead simple to grill as you probably saw. I use a wire rack made for stacking dishes over a burner.

      1. re: barleywino

        not actually the same, but very similar.

      2. It's a haul, but I bet these guys have what you want:, which is in Burlington. The Japanese store in the Porter Square Exchange had them; too bad that store was taken over by Lesley College. I haven't found them at Super 88...

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        1. re: scotty27

          I have bought Shishito peppers at HMart in Burlington, I have also bought them at Mirim Korean Grocery on Harvard St in Allston. I like to blister them in a hot cast iron pan with olive oil and kosher salt. DEE-lish. If you want to eat them in a restaurant, I have seen them recently on menus at Toro and Estragon. Enjoy!

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          1. Just came back from Whole Foods Fresh Pond. They carried a terrific assortment of fresh chilies in a large display including shishito, selling for 2.50 a pound.

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            1. re: nasilemak

              Saw them at river street yesterday as well.

              1. re: nasilemak

                I also saw them yesterday at Whole foods.

                1. re: cherrytomato

                  WF on Prospect has them today (on sale too)

                  1. re: jackal

                    WF and H-Mart gets a lot of CH'er business, but I still like Reliable Market in Union Square. I don't really need much more than what they have, good prices as well. Great frozen dumpling section, better Kimchee and Banchan than H-Mart.

                    1. re: tatsu

                      Willing to share which of their dumplings you particularly enjoy? I get overwhelmed deciding. Thanks!

                      1. re: smtucker

                        Hey, I can't remember the brand name but I'll try to describe them. I buy vegetarian ones which may disappoint you, but they are quite good. The bag is one the largest in the cases and probably contains 30-40 dumplings. There are two types, and I really cannot figure out the difference, even after trying both. One is blue or green, and the other is red. Maybe the red has some kimchee, not sure. They are both labeled vegetable or vegetarian.

                        The dumplings themselves are round. It's a round shape dough folded in half, with the two ends pulled together and pinched. Also the excess edge is folded the opposite way to improve the appearance. The dough is on the thick side, even if you whacked the bag, no pieces of dough would chip off. Sorry I can't be more specific.

                        I admit I like to fry these suckers up here's what I do. I grab a plate and thinly oil it with a napkin. Place dumplings on plate, pop in microwave for 15 seconds. If still frozen solid, try another 15. If you see opaque white spots, you are drying out the skin, don't go further. At this point, put them on a cutting board for a few minutes so they dry off. It's about as close as you can get them to a pre-frozen state now.

                        Pan fry on medium heat and they should be great. Even if you steam them, the nuking prep will help them not be overly wet inside. You can just go from the microwave to the steamer in that case.