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Pandan (screwpine) leaves in SD

shouzen Feb 12, 2011 10:11 PM

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?

  1. geekyfoodie Feb 15, 2011 11:48 AM

    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.

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      karaethon Feb 14, 2011 01:23 PM

      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.

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        Encinitan Feb 14, 2011 09:21 AM

        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
          shouzen Feb 14, 2011 12:28 PM

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

          1. re: shouzen
            Indirect Heat Feb 14, 2011 08:29 PM

            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

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