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Oct 10, 2011 08:07 AM

Asian Seafood and Grocery in Sunset Park

I'm in need of kaffir lime leaves and shrimp with their heads on. Anyone know of a good place to go in Sunset Park for these? I've gotten such things previously in Flushing and Chinatown, but seeing as we live in Gowanus now and have a car, I thought Sunset Park might be my best and closest option. Thanks!

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  1. shrimp with their heads on you can get in almost any asian grocery selling seafood along 8th ave in the high 50's low 60's.

    kaffir lime leaves are probably tougher. Never looked for them in Sunset Park. Let us know if you find any. I get mine at the thai grocery in manhattan's c-town and keep them in the freezer.

    1. I never found kaffir lime leaves in Sunset Park. Strangely enough, the best place I've found for lime leaves are at Eataly in Manhattan. Best quality and best prices.

      Where have you found kaffir lime leaves in Flushing?

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        I found them at Hong Kong Supermarket in flushing, along with pandan leaves and frozen galangal about a year ago. We ended up going to the market on 63rd and 8th Ave on Sunday and found shrimp with the heads on and all of our chinese needs, but no kaffir lime. I'll have to try Eataly, though that is intensely weird :)

        Hong Kong Supermarket
        37-11 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

        1. re: LostBread

          Thanks for the info on Hong Kong. I've been to the Flushing Hong Kong market to look for lime leaves with no luck. But that was more than a year ago. Sounds like a newer thing.

          Yeah, really strange about the lime leaves at Eataly (which is located at the veggie stand). And at a fraction of the price as the Thai store on Mosco Street in Manhattan's C-town.

          1. re: LostBread

            they do have them fresh at the Thai store in Chinatown, and frozen in some chinese groceries next to the Pandan, frozen turmeric galangal etc, also Kalustyan - but you have to dig through the freezers in the Chinese places. I havent checked the freezer at the HK Supermarket in Sunset Pk recently, they may have started stocking the leaves. But since I have a tree, I havent worried about this issue for a long time. I cant imagine subjecting myself to Eataly for this item, what a madhouse.

            1. re: jen kalb

              Jen, you have a kaffir lime tree? In a pot? How easy maintenance is it? That seems like a great idea.
              Now that I think about it, I remember that, years ago, Siam Square thai restaurant in the east village had a kaffir lime tree in a pot in the restaurant. So I guess it can be done.
              Any sources for these trees in brooklyn? Or mail order?

              1. re: missmasala

                its very easy maintenance if you look out for scale and kill them when they appear.
                Ive had my tree for years - it goes outside in the summer - no flowers or fruit in brooklyn, though. I bought mine from a very good mail order nursery in California -
                their plants are healthy and offered on dwarfing rootstock so they stays in bounds. You can also find it containerized in greenhouses - places like Chelsea Garden Center in Red Hook might sell it. And I saw plants on sale at a little grocery store that used to be on the block with Sripraphai once.

              2. re: jen kalb

                Getting the kaffir lime leaves isn't too bad at Eataly as the produce section is right by the entrance. I just stop in for a sec and am out in less than 5 minutes. But nothing beats having your own tree!