Authentic Malaysian Sambal Belacan!!!!!!!!
I am trying to find an asian shop or supermarket which sells authentic malaysian sambal belacan, fresh pandan leaves and ikan bilis. I have checked out so many places - First Choice Supermarket, T & T, Bayview asian supermarket but have not been able to find it. Moreover when I asked the sales guy, he did not even know what I was talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
Could someone please help me??????
I've never seen fresh pandan leaves, only frozen ones. I make my own sambal belacan so I can't help you there. You can substitute the Japanese / Korean ikan bilis (just remove head, internals, and dry / crisp).
All 3 are ingredients used by Gourmet Garden so you might be able to convince them to sell you some?
Gourmet Garden Restaurant
4465 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S, CA
Quite obviously you are not east of the city, but in Pickering on Kingston Rd. near Brock there is a grocery store T Phat that sells fresh pandan leaves. they also carry other items from south east asia (i.e kecap manis, all kinds of Maggi stuff, shrimp chips, fresh galangal) . If you ever have to venture out east you may want to check it out. Not worth the drive just for one item though.
You will have to look for stuff, the staff are not always helpful (language barrier I think). Maybe bring pictures?
Yesterday, I saw fresh pandan leaves, thai egglant, and other asian herbs in BT supermarket on Wilson/Keele southwest corner next to Rexall.