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Dec 19, 2011 08:57 PM

Is it possible to buy Buah Keluak in Southern California?

Any leads much appreciated.

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  1. I haven't seen it at any of the stores I've been to (99 Ranch, SG Superstore and Hawaiian).

    1. As Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, a writer who was born and raised in Singapore wrote in her blog "A Tiger in the Kitchen" about feeding the homesick Singaporeans in this piece: http://atigerinthekitchen.com/2011/09...

      "Curried stews made with buah keluak, a Malay black nut that tastes a bit like an intense truffle, are a staple in Peranakan cuisine. The nut is hard to find in the United States — in fact, I can’t recall ever seeing buah keluak on a menu in America."

      ADD: The tour by 9 celebrity chef's from Singapore was a 9 city world tour, and all that are left of the tour are stops in Delhi, India and Dubai and finally down under in Sydney, Australia: http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/...

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      1. re: Servorg

        ... a Malay black nut that tastes a bit like an intense truffle, are a staple in Peranakan cuisine.

        Indeed. My compadres tell me it's like taking foie gras and combining it with truffle oil.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          It's very rich tasting, but I don't see the fois gras part of it. It does have an earthiness to it -- the seeds are buried in volcanic ash or something like that for a long time, then dug up and used. They do remind me of a rich mushroom/truffle flavor. Perhaps they are relating the mouthfeel of the nutmeat to the fois, but it's definitely not similar taste wise.

          1. re: boogiebaby

            No, I was definitely talking about mouth feel when comparing to foie, and to flavor when comparing to truffle oil.

      2. Never seen it in a market but you can at least eat it at Merry's House of Chicken in West Covina:


        Merry's House of Chicken
        2550 E Amar Rd, West Covina, CA 91792