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Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves?

I searched this boad and found some helpful info on where I might find fresh kaffir lime leaves in Manhattan, though some of the info was a bit dated.

Has anyone found them recently in Chinatown or WF or Fairway?

Tnx, ~~ Hamster

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  1. kalustyans

    the thai place on mosco street (was called bangkok friendship corp, but i dont think thats the name anymore)

    1. Eataly has the best price right now. $2 for 25-30 leaves. Prepackaged by the vegetables.

      I've also found them at Bangkok Center Grocery.

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      Bangkok Center Grocery
      104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

      Eataly
      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: kathryn

        Wow! That's a great price at Eataly! Too bad those people who automatically dismiss Eataly as being overpriced would miss out on those bargains.

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        Eataly
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Now it's $4 a package but still a good deal.

          1. re: kathryn

            Can anyone confirm that Eataly is still carrying these? Are they next to the small clamshells of arugula etc? I was just there but didn't remember to specifically look, and didn't notice any otherwise. I haven't bought any there since the fall, when you could still buy them in bulk. They were also selling kaffir limes then too.

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            Eataly
            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      2. what do you use these for?

        1. Thanks for the info. I was interested in hitting Eataly anyway, so will head down there to check it out. Will also probably wander around Chinatown too so will hit Mosco St.

          @pbj : they are a key ingredient in some southeast Asian dishes, particularly Thai cuisine.

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          Eataly
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          1. Bangkok Grocery on Mosco St in Chinatown has them.

            1. Thanks all.

              I bought them at Eataly and they were a steal. I've never purchased them so fresh and shiny before.

              There were a few other nicely priced gems among the overpriced hub-bub of that place.

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              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

              1. Just in case you use them often (and in case you have any green thumb at all) kaffir lime trees are easily grown in a pot in a sunny window (or balcony or patio Spring to Fall). The size stays very manageable, and I haven't bought kaffir lime leaves in years. Whenever I need some, I just go do a little light pruning on the tree.

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                1. re: edwardspk

                  Thats good to know. Thanks

                  I am a fine outdoor garner and grow lemongrass as well as many other things, but indoor gardening eludes me.

                  I have never seen a KL tree in a garden store, even the better ones. Where did you get yours?

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        Bangkok Center Grocery sells them for $3 (roughly 10 leaves)

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                        Bangkok Center Grocery
                        104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

                          1. re: buttertart

                            Still want to know what are these used for

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                            1. re: pbjluver

                              They're cooked whole in prepared dishes (they way bay leaves are used in Euro/American cooking), in which case they're not eaten, or slivered finely and used as a garnish, in which case you do eat them. But they're more for the aroma than the flavor per se. I'm not very good at describing aromas, but it's kind of like an extravagantly floral citrus.

                              1. re: MikeG

                                PS: They're used in Thai and other SE Asian cuisines.

                              2. re: pbjluver

                                Bueller here :-), I answered you on March 9th but I guess I want specific. They infuse flavor like lemongrass does.

                  1. The little Thai/Indonesian on Bayard just West of Mott St. (on the South side of the street) always has them. They sometimes have fresh galangale (laos or kha) and turmeric, too--although usually I have to go to Flushing for those.

                    1. PS I don't think you can grow them here. They are nothing at all like regular lime leaves.

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                      1. re: swannee

                        They actually can be grown in a pot in a sunny window (or on a balcony or patio in summer, if you're lucky enough to have one). They won't over-winter outside, but they do fine inside and are green year-round. And dwarf varieties are extremely easy to come by. Mine has been in a pot for years, and stands about 3-ft tall.

                      2. I've seen them at Dual Specialty, the Indian grocery on 1st Ave. just south of 6th st.

                        1. In the same vein, does anyone know where you can find young fresh ginger?

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                          1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                            In summer on the street in Chinatown(s).

                          2. The ones at Eataly were the most gorgious ones I have ever seen and really cheap. Easily 20-25 leaves for $4.

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                            Eataly
                            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010