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Where can I find Chile De Arbol in the GTA?

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Can any one tell me where I can find Chile de Arbol sold in the GTA? Prefer Markham or Richmond Hill if possible. And can be whole or ground up. Planning to use in a fried chicken recipe I saw on Bobby Flay's Throwdown show episode I saw early Saturday morning.

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  1. Two good Latin markets in the Kensington Market likely have it, but call first :
    Salamanca, 204 Baldwin St, 416-593-9814
    Perola's, 247 Augusta, 416-593-9728

    1. Well, another reply with a downtown Toronto suggestion but St. Lawrence Market has it. Bottom floor, go straight after coming down the first floor stairs, and there's an international/eclectic grocer that sells various spices and sauces.

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      St. Lawrence Market
      92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

      1. Thanks for the recommendations guys. Was hoping not to have to travel all the way downtown. :)

        Hopefully, some will know where I can find it uptown. In maybe Markham or Richmond Hill.

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        1. re: BDD888

          Make it easy, just substitute cayenne (almost exactly the same as Arbol) or fine grind any hot red pepper flakes. I saw the Throwdown show too, love fried chicken and his looked good.

          PS Try Stockyards for their fried chicken (they are at 699 St Clair Ave W). It is by far the best in the city. You'll never want KFC again.

        2. Arbols are more about heat than flavor. I'd try whatever small hot red pepper you can find in S. Asian or E. Asian markets in you 'hood. Experiment.

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          1. re: Kagemusha

            Ok thanks Kage. Good to know. I have Chinese red pepper sauce. Might use a touch of that.

          2. Well, it's not Markham or Richmond Hill - sorry, I don't know any places in those areas. There are, however, a couple of stores just by the corner of Dufferin and Bloor that specialize in Latin American ingredients and cuisine. Both are probably fine, but the one just south of Bloor on Dufferin has a good selection of dried chiles, and may be easier to get to than Kensington. Sorry I can't suggest anything closer to home!

            1. Trombasteve is referring to La Tortilleria, on Dufferin just south of Bloor, which does carry chiles de arbol. For a fried chicken recipe you're probably fine using an asian dried red chile, but for authentic mexican flavour you will want to use chiles de arbol. Fresh ones have incomparable aroma.