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Feb 10, 2012 07:19 PM

Chinese Sandpots in Calgary

I was looking around Calgary's Chinatown today for some traditional sandpots, unglazed outside, glazed inside, but didn't find any, although there were some modern-style ceramics. Does anyone know if there is somewhere in Calgary where old-style sandpots can be found?

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  1. I own one - about 4 quart size - wire cage - purchased it many years ago in Forest Lawn at what is now the Hong Kong supermarket - unfortunately they no longer carry this item. I also checked for them in Pacific Place on 36 St NE to no avail. Good luck and report back if you are lucky enough to find one.

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    1. re: rosetown

      Thanks, I was surprised to not find any as I believe they're still easily available in Toronto. Perhaps it's just the critical mass problem.

      1. re: VitalForce

        " Perhaps it's just the critical mass problem."
        And perhaps, changing cooking habits in the Asian community. Think about the prevalence of non-stick woks. In Pacific Place the carbon steel woks are far and in between, with only one selection. A case of convenience trumping capability.

        1. re: rosetown

          Same with steamers. Bamboo is being replaced by stainless steel.

          1. re: sharonanne

            Yes, but on the other hand, a quick internet search shows that people are buying these things in other cities. So perhaps there's entrepreneurial problem involved as well.

    2. You could try T & T, the Chinese restaurant supply place on the west side of Centre St at around 10 ave or the supermarket in the mall at the corner of 16 ave and Centre st North.

      I feel slightly disinclined to answer after the tone of your other comments but tone IS so hard to discern online.

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      1. re: sharonanne

        Thanks, I'll try those two places out.

        I do find it puzzling that in a big city like Calgary it can be difficult to find things that are easily available elsewhere.

        1. re: VitalForce

          You're welcome.

          Wish I could remember the name of the supermarket, used to be called Jay's and the restaurant supply place. I don't think I've ever known the name but it is around 10 ave and that's also Centre north.

          I haven't been shopping in Chinatown for ages.They just don't have the variety of other places.

        2. re: sharonanne

          I bought two from T&T. I am sure that they are not of the best quality, no metal wires but they were on sale for 1/2 price, iirc, $26 for the big one and $18 for a smaller one. They looks nice. When the store lady saw my wife and I picking the pots over, she gave us advice on how to "season" the pot. According to her, never keep pot in fridge, the cold damages it, never put pot on high heat right away, slowly build up from low-med-high, the extreme change in temperature damages it, do cook congee in it a few times and dump it, the congee soaks up any chemical used in the process, do not use dishwasher, hand wipe the pot and coat with oil after each use, just like cast iron... that's all I remembered, she said that if you treat it like cast iron, it will be non-stick and last forever.

        3. There is a Chinese kitchen store next to T&T in the Pacific Mall on 36 St NE. I would think they would have what you are looking for. There are also a number of small places downtown along 3rd Ave between Centre and Mcleod that might have them. (sorry, don't know exact locations)

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          1. re: Animato

            Thanks, I'll check out the kitchen store. I did look at a couple of shops on the south side of 3rd Ave that did have nice ceramic pots, but of a more modern style.

            1. re: VitalForce

              I checked it out a week ago - no sand pots

              1. re: rosetown

                There's also that kitchen supply place on centre street north around 10th ave..

                B&J Kitchen Supplies

                Check there too.

                  1. re: taiphun

                    That's the name? I couldn't remember it when I posted.