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Buying pandan essence in London

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bdachow May 3, 2011 10:10 AM

Going to be in town for work and wondering if I can buy some pandan essence anywhere? Am guessing that Chinatown would be my best bet?

Thx in advance!

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    klyeoh May 3, 2011 07:41 PM

    Loon Fung on Gerrard St should have pandan essence, I'd even seen fresh pandan leaves sold there.
    http://www.loonfung.com/index.html

    1. deansa May 3, 2011 11:37 PM

      Can I cheekily broaden this question to ask if anyone also knows a good source of kaya in London? Though I suppose if they have pandan leaves in Chinatown I can make it myself!

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        klyeoh May 4, 2011 12:35 AM

        @ deansa: Don't know about London but do let me know if you'd like me to bring some over for you - am coming by London end of this month.

        BTW, the BEST kaya I'd ever tasted was the one made at Princess Terrace, Copthorne King's Hotel in Singapore. And the chef responsible for making it was Mrs Mary Yeoh, now at Sedap in Old Street.
        P.S. - Hey, Limster did mention that they make it for sale at Sedap in this older thread:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603741

        Maybe you can call & check if they still do it.

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        Sedap
        102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

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          t_g May 4, 2011 12:20 PM

          you can get kaya in chinatown definitely, thats where i bought a jar, i cant remember which shop tho

          1. re: klyeoh
            deansa May 5, 2011 02:12 PM

            Thanks klyeoh, very kind. I spoke to the people at Sedap, and they said they can sell me some – but they only make it when they rotate around their dessert special to one that includes kaya. That should be in a week or two, so I appear set!

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            Sedap
            102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

            1. re: deansa
              k
              klyeoh May 6, 2011 04:51 PM

              That's cool :-)

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          pj26 May 4, 2011 02:30 AM

          The Vietnamese supermarkets along Mare St in Hackney also sell fresh pandan leaves, although not sure if they have the essence (haven't looked myself)

          1. b
            bdachow May 4, 2011 08:04 AM

            Thanks for the tips, unfortunately, I can't take fresh leaves back to my country hence the search for just the essence for baking. I'll have to try Loon Fung.

            1. b
              bdachow May 9, 2011 03:18 PM

              Thanks everyone. Found it at Loon Fung. So looking forward to bringing it home. I didn't see any fresh leaves though.

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