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Feb 12, 2011 10:11 PM

Pandan (screwpine) leaves in SD

Anyone know of a place where I can find some? I'm thinking some of the Vietnamese grocery stores might have it... anyone seen them there?

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  1. Hi southparkguy,

    I do a lot of Thai cooking and have to hit several different Asian markets in San Diego to collect the ingredients I need. Here are a few markets I frequent and the ingredients I seek out at each one:

    99 Ranch Market (Chinese)
    7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Clairemont
    carries: lemongrass, galanga, kaffir lime leaves, Thai chilies, Thai basil, pandan leaves,

    Lillian Hsu on Mar 11, 2009 11:30PM

    99 Ranch Market
    7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

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    1. re: Encinitan

      Unfortunately, I was at 99 Ranch this weekend and they didn't have it :(

      1. re: shouzen

        Yeah, pandan is spotty at 99 Ranch and at Lucky Seafood. You can't count on getting it, but it is there about half the times I visit.

        Lucky Seafood
        9326 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

    2. Not sure if they have it, but I found Thuan Phat in Linda Vista to be the market that has the most "exotic" asian ingredients.

      1. If you go to A Chau (Vietnamese Deli) in City Heights, there's a market in the same strip mall. The market looks awful from the outside, but it has an amazing and super-fresh herb selection. In general, it's well-stocked and I think they stock the local restaurants, so the turnover's pretty high. Pandan is often found frozen in So Cal, so check both the produce and freezer sections.