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In Berlin and looking for Kaya (Singaporean coconut jam)

xberg Sep 19, 2011 12:54 PM

Any tips? Would love to know if there's an Asian market or otherwise where I can get it.

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  1. linguafood RE: xberg Sep 19, 2011 03:12 PM

    There are a bunch of Asian grocery stores in Berlin, two larger ones on Alexanderplatz and one near Hackescher Markt.

    There is also a huge Vietnamese indoors market in Marzahn. Maybe you'll get lucky there?

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      RevImmigrant RE: xberg Feb 20, 2012 12:53 AM

      The best Asian market I found when I was there was the Vinh Loi. They have 3 locations, but the biggest, and in my opinion, the best was the one on Rheinstrasse. There was also a newer and very good Asian market on Kantstrasse in Charlottenburg a few blocks from Aroma and Good Friends Chinese restaurants. I did find some things there that Vinh Loi didn't have.

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        thestratbrat RE: xberg Feb 26, 2012 10:10 AM

        You can also approximate it with coconut milk, eggs, and sugar, yes?

        To piggyback on this thread, do any of you Berlin-based Asian food appreciators know somewhere with decent Thai noodle soup? Four months here and I'm really starting to crave some of my LA standbys, even inferior versions of them...

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          linguafood RE: thestratbrat Feb 26, 2012 10:12 AM


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            thestratbrat RE: linguafood Feb 27, 2012 10:24 AM

            That looks great! Next Saturday for sure. Nice blog, too--yours?

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              linguafood RE: thestratbrat Feb 27, 2012 01:53 PM

              Sometimes, they're also there on Wednesdays, but if you're not in the general hood and don't want to risk showing up and not finding their stand, I'd go Saturday.

              The food really is outstanding!

              Yeah, my blog...

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                thestratbrat RE: linguafood Mar 12, 2012 11:18 AM

                @OP: Just discovered the wealth of Asian groceries in the Dong Xuan Center in Lichtenberg. Mostly Vietnamese stuff, but if any place in Berlin has jarred kaya, it'd be that one. And if it doesn't have it, you can console yourself with pho.
                @linguafood: Good find! I finally tried it and though I came too late for the specials, the noodle soup was great. If you wanna go on any further foodventures in Berlin, let me know - just starting writing for an expat magazine and it's kinda my lame dream to jazz up the food section a little bit.

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                  linguafood RE: thestratbrat Mar 12, 2012 11:24 AM

                  Yeah, the Dong Xuan Center is pretty amazing I hear. I've never made it out there personally -- is it worth going for some Vietnamese food? I'm pretty meh about most Viet places in Berlin. I'll be back in Berlin in May & would be more than happy to share a meal or two :-)

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                    thestratbrat RE: linguafood Mar 15, 2012 05:38 AM

                    For sure. There are a number of non-Germanized restaurants (not a sushi bar in sight) and all the supermarkets have decent-looking premade snacks. I made the mistake of ordering pho at the Northern Viet place (in my defense, I was hung over and pretty much just stumbled towards the first "pho" sign I saw) and it was still miles better than what I've had in Kreuzberg. But I'll definitely try the bun ca cha next time...or go somewhere else for com tam...aah, I want to go back now.

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                      linguafood RE: thestratbrat Mar 15, 2012 09:00 AM

                      Damn, it'd be great to get some good phô in Berlin!

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