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Li Hing Mui and Crack Seed

Simsters Nov 5, 2011 09:40 PM

We are visiting San Francisco and Napa Valley for about 4-5 days. I am looking for Li Hing Mui powder and a good crack seed store (chinese preserved fruits). We are staying by the Airport and will have a car. Anyone know where I can find these?

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  1. Windy RE: Simsters Nov 5, 2011 10:12 PM

    There's a Hawaiian store at (Aloha Warehouse?) in Japantown that sells Li Hing Mango. Several of the groceries on Post st sell Hawaiian foods.

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      Cynsa RE: Windy Nov 8, 2011 07:29 PM

      At New May Wah at 707-719 Clement Street@ 8th Avenue, San Francisco (near the back of the store in the Spice section)

      New May Wah
      719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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        Simsters RE: Cynsa Nov 14, 2011 04:40 PM

        Thanks for the photo. It helped! We did find it at New May Wah.

        New May Wah
        719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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      shanghaikid RE: Simsters Nov 5, 2011 10:29 PM

      Wonderful food, 2035 irving st. (415)-731-6889 has some chinese fruits in bulk. mandarin speakers
      sweetheart cafe, 909 grant ave, (415)262-9989 might have fruits, oaktown has them

      li hing mui powder may be found in hawaiian/japanese stores
      Uoki K. sakai, 1656 post st, (415)921-0514 popped up as a reference.

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        theSauce RE: Simsters Nov 6, 2011 06:43 PM

        You will find Ling Hing Mui powder at 99 Ranch. It is typically located next to the Mexican spices aisle. It is imported from Taiwan and comes in a very small packet and they're about $1.29 for a small bag. BTW, Ling Hing Mui powder added to kettle corn is sooooo good.

        99 Ranch
        4299 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

        1. RWCFoodie RE: Simsters Nov 7, 2011 03:59 PM

          As you're staying near the airport (I'm assuming SFO) I'd try Takahashi in San Mateo. They carry all kinds of Hawaiian goods and I'm sure you'll find your li hing mui powder there. While they don't have crack seed in bulk, they do have a pretty good selection of packaged ones.


          Takahashi Market
          221 S Claremont St, San Mateo, CA 94401

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            Simsters RE: Simsters Nov 7, 2011 11:09 PM

            Thanks to all who responded. I will check them out.

            It turns out I am not staying near the airport anymore. Hubby has booked us in at the Best Western in Napa. So, any place in Napa that might carry Li Hing Mui powder or good crack seed stores?

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              dordogne RE: Simsters Nov 8, 2011 08:36 PM

              I've been overdosing on sodium from preserved plums since I was a child, but never before heard of Li Hing Mui powder. Now my mouth is watering--what do you do with it?

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                ZeusLA RE: dordogne Nov 8, 2011 08:41 PM

                Not sure of all of the other truly asian uses, but one of my favorite hawaiian uses, is over shave ice as a powder or syrup. It makes me realize that we could make our own syrup and use it on EVERYTHING!


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                  jsa056 RE: dordogne Nov 9, 2011 07:36 PM

                  It's a staple for many in Hawaii.

                  Besides the uses already mentioned (Popcorn/kettle corn, shave ice) -

                  Slice up some fresh fruit and sprinkle some on top. My favorites are pineapple and apples.
                  Put it on Gummi Bears (Or anything other gummies you may have around. Sour patch kids w/ li hing is delicious)
                  Dried fruit works well (Someone mentioned mango already, but almost anything works)

                  Some of the more crazy and delicious things I've seen/eaten in Hawaii -

                  Li hing cupcakes
                  Li hing soda
                  Li hing FOIE GRAS (so so good btw.)

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                    RWCFoodie RE: jsa056 Nov 10, 2011 12:31 PM

                    Love it on fresh fruit - mango, papaya... Am having a hard time wrapping my mind around Li hing foie gras!

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                    theSauce RE: dordogne Nov 11, 2011 08:23 AM

                    You can use it in certain Chinese stews to add a hint of sweetness and as other posters have mentioned mostly on sour fruits to cut the sourness. I personally like to add it to kettle corn to give it an more pronounced saltiness and sweetness. It's the most addicting thing ever for me.

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                      Windy RE: dordogne Nov 12, 2011 11:28 PM

                      It's both wonderful and awful at the same time. The first time I was in Hawaii we bought some dried mango to snack on and accidentally bought li hing mango. We hated it but couldn't stop eating it.

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