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Sep 19, 2011 12:54 PM

In Berlin and looking for Kaya (Singaporean coconut jam)

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

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  1. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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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          1. re: linguafood

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

            1. re: thestratbrat

              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...

              1. re: linguafood

                @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.

                1. re: thestratbrat

                  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 :-)

                  1. re: linguafood

                    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.

                    1. re: thestratbrat

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