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Where can I find culantro and aji dulce in the Long Beach area?

TheOxfordian Feb 17, 2011 05:06 PM

I'm attempting to make my own soffrito (among other things) and I'm having a heck of a time finding a latin market that carries culantro. Most everyone thinks I'm asking for cilantro.

Also, if you know of a place I can find aji dulce, I'd appreciate the input!

  1. Joe Blowe Feb 17, 2011 06:36 PM

    You'll have better luck if you go to a Vietnamese market and ask for ngò gai...

    1. Das Ubergeek Feb 17, 2011 08:16 PM

      The other Spanish name for the plant is "recao"... but Joe Blowe is right, the Vietnamese markets (and 99 Ranch, which is Taiwanese-owned) are the place to get it.

      99 Ranch
      17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

      1. t
        TheOxfordian Feb 17, 2011 09:01 PM

        OMG...you guys ROCK!
        I never would have known that.
        Thank you so much!! I think there's a 99 Ranch in Westminister that I can swing by tomorrow before I begin cooking :)

        99 Ranch
        17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

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        1. re: TheOxfordian
          Das Ubergeek Feb 18, 2011 02:05 PM

          There's one on Magnolia and Slater in Fountain Valley, there's an ABC Vietnamese market on Bolsa and Magnolia, a Sieu Thi Thuan Phat (Vietnamese market) on Beach and McFadden (just north of the 405). Any should have it, normally on white foam trays wrapped up.

          No luck on aji dulce... maybe lipstick peppers?

        2. t
          TheOxfordian Feb 17, 2011 09:02 PM

          PS> what about the 'aji dulce' ? Any ideas...?

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