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May 3, 2011 10:10 AM

Buying pandan essence in London

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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  1. Loon Fung on Gerrard St should have pandan essence, I'd even seen fresh pandan leaves sold there.

    1. 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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      1. re: deansa

        @ 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:

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

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

        1. re: klyeoh

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

          1. re: klyeoh

            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!

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

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