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Anyone know where I can get Banana Leaves to make tamales?

LBeth Nov 9, 2011 07:28 AM

Extra points if it's anywhere near Verdun or downtown...Thanks!

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    blondee_47 Nov 16, 2011 01:25 PM

    Sabor Latino grocery store has them

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      LBeth Nov 13, 2011 06:53 AM

      Just to report. I ended up finding both corn husks and banana leaves at Marche Inter-Asie on Wellington in Verdun. My roommate and I ended up making 2 different types of tamales, using both. I never tried his because they had meat in them, but the banana leaf ones worked pretty well, and looked really great.

      1. estilker Nov 9, 2011 11:06 AM

        Don't want to be a know-it-all, but tamales are technically made with corn husks I think. So Sabor Latina would have those.
        Cochinita Pibil on the other hand is wrapped in banana leafs.

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          LBeth Nov 9, 2011 11:38 AM

          Yes you're right! I am looking for corn husks AND banana leaves because I like cooking southeast asian rice for dinner parties, and they're also good for cooking fish. I get mixed up... But I appreciate all help in both matters. Thanks!

          1. re: LBeth
            Breezychow Nov 9, 2011 11:53 AM

            I don't know if you have WalMarts where you are, but ours carries corn husks regularly. As far as banana leaves - Asian/ethnic markets are your best bet.

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              Plateaumaman Nov 9, 2011 03:09 PM

              Saw them at Marché Hawaii recently. They might have them also at Supermarché Sakaris which is right next to Sabor Latino on St-Laurent so if you are headed that way it is easy enough to check in both places.

            2. re: estilker
              SnackHappy Nov 9, 2011 02:18 PM

              Tamales are also made with banana leaves. I know Guatemalan tamales are made that way and I believe it's also the case in Southern Mexico and El Salvador.

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                foodie_mtl Nov 10, 2011 05:27 AM

                And Colombia, Venezuela and other south American countries.

              2. re: estilker
                MtlGourmand Nov 16, 2011 09:06 AM

                As others have said, most varieties of tamales are wrapped in banana leaves. Some varieties of Mexican tamales are the ones you usually seen wrapped in corn husks. In most Latin American countries (except Mexico where the region ussually indicates the type of wrapper and content), there is often a different name for the tamales wrapped in corn husk, which tend to be sweeter; i.e. bollos or humitas.

              3. SnackHappy Nov 9, 2011 09:05 AM

                Any Asian or Latin-American supermarket should have them. Try the Chinese places in Verdun first and go from there.

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                  morebubbles Nov 9, 2011 08:20 AM

                  In freezer sections of most grocery stores in Chinatown.

                  1. ScoobySnacks20 Nov 9, 2011 08:08 AM

                    I get them from asian grocers like Hawai

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