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Nov 28, 2011 07:22 AM

Matouk's Hot Chow - Where to Buy

Need to pick up some Matouk's Hot Chow (spicy mustard relish from Trinidad).

Does anyone have a good tip for where to buy this in Manhattan or Brooklyn? I'm sure some little bodega/markets in caribbean areas *might* have some on the shelf, but hoping to avoid beating the pavement too much - is there a one-stop sure bet for finding this?

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    1. Call Kalustyan's in Curry Hill. I know they carry Matouk's products but never really looked for the Chow. For the Christmas Ham?

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      1. re: Duppie

        Yup - the ham isn't the same without some hot chow! Thanks for the tip, looks like a great place. Looking at the website, it seems they carry many Matouk's products, but not the Hot Chow. :(

        1. re: BKPhil

          Ive bought some Matouks hot sauces in my local grocery in prospect hts, but I think you want to go into a neighborhood with a trini , guayanese- or similar concentration of people to find a range of Matouk - Jamaica/Ozone Park, out where Annies, Singhs etc Roti places are or on Nostrand or Flatbush commercial strips, say, around Church, would be my suggestion for a cruise. You could ask at one of the roti shops.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Yes, my husband bought 3 bottles of Matouk's at a huge Indian grocery store in N. Hyde Park a few months back. I think it was called Aapna Bazaar, but I might be remembering incorrectly. Are there many large Indian grocery stores in Hillside Ave.?

            1. re: CitySpoonful

              Is that part of the Apna Bazaar chain? Because then they might carry it at the one in JH or Flushing as well.

              1. re: missmasala

                I haven't seen Matouk's at the Apna Bazaar in Jax Heights -- and I definitely looked! (For awhile we were bringing Matouk's back from Montreal -- until my husband found it in N. Hyde Park.)

                I remember that my husband said the supermarket was huge and on Hillside Ave., near where Surya (the chaat place) is located. A quick look a Google maps shows that there is a "Maharaja Supermarket" at 1620 Hillside Blvd., just off Hillside Ave. Might be that one!!

                Apna Bazar
                7220 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

                1. re: CitySpoonful

                  Correction. The husband picked up our Matouk's hot sauces at the Patel Brothers on Hillside Ave. (251-10 Hillside Ave.) in Bllerose, NY.

                  I just picked up a jar Matouk's Hot Chow sauce at a Guyanese market on Ave. L (2-3 blocks west of Rockaway Pkwy) in Canarsie yesterday: Smally West Indian Food Market.

                  (Where you'll find lots of other great Guyanese and a few Trinidadian products...and incredibly friendly folks -- Smally, the owner, and his son Roland...)

          2. re: BKPhil

            Got to be honest,I'm having a hard time just finding regular Chow Chow in New Jersey, much less Matouks.Best start searching now like you,must have the ham and garlic pork on Christmas morning with hops bread.

            1. re: Duppie

              There are places that carry "regular" american chow chow. - for example places that carry the McCutcheon's line of Jams and pickles - I think the farmstand I patronize out in Morristown has it, for example. Maybe you can check their website and see who carries it near you. - they also seem to ship at a reasonable price


              but for a trini product, where better than a west indian grocery. when the OP lives in Brooklyn with a very large west indian incl Trinidadian population?

              1. re: jen kalb

                The Chow Chow we're referring to is completely different to what is considered Chow Chow here in the States. Not really sure how it got it's handle in the Islands but we're talking about a thick ,sour,mustard based pickle that has pearl onions,cauliflower and gherkins that was introduced to a traditional West Indian Christmas table as an accompaniment to baked ham by the British.
                The Makouk's version goes a step further catering to a West Indian palet by adding traditional seasonings such as cumin,culantro and of course,scotch bonnet peppers.

                1. re: Duppie

                  Totally irrelevant to the OPs quest for a specific trinidadian product, but you moght be interested in this

                  Seems overall that this sort of pickle (and likely the name) travelled independently from England to the American and West Indian colonies.
                  some of these pickles in England (see the wikipedia article on the related piccalili) were heavily influenced by Indian pickle types, for example the mustard component. Id imagine that with the large south asian origin population in trinidad, they would spin the chow chow farther in that direction spicewise. Now my interest is picqued in checking out the Matouk product.

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    I believe that what we call Chow Chow is indeed Piccalili or at least a variation of the theme. Matouk's version is less sour and does have a slight hint of the Indian lime pickle but quite a bit hotter.
                    You must try it on ham,turkey and it's great as a dip for pigs in a blanket.

        2. I did find it on Sam's Caribbean Marketplace 1877 846 7267 advertized for $3.59 for a 6 oz bottle but I can properly guarantee that the shipping alone will be more. Maybe I'll stock up also. Good luck and Merry Christmas.