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Kaffir lime leaves for Tom Kha

msmouser May 1, 2012 12:24 PM

I love Tom Kha Thai soup, especially with shrimp. I have located all the ingredients except for
Kaffir lime leaves. Where can I find them in the "greater" Lexington area???


  1. opinionatedchef May 4, 2012 06:02 PM

    mrsmouser, i bought both kaffir lime(frozen, tiny packet 3"square) and thai basil at China Merchandise today.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef
      msmouser May 4, 2012 06:51 PM

      I was there, also!!! But I went on to Russo's and got a much larger portion for less, as well
      As soon as I make the stock for Julia Child's onion soup, I will make the tom kha shrimp version


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      skippy66 May 3, 2012 12:19 PM

      I saw lime leaves at Idylwilde Farms in Acton yesterday.

      1. greygarious May 3, 2012 10:48 AM

        If you live in Lexington, the first place to look for Asian ingredients is of course H-Mart in Burlington. If that is unsuccessful, try China Merchandise (across from Burlington HS on 3A/Cambridge St). And there is always Whole Foods on the Woburn/Winchester line.

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        1. re: greygarious
          opinionatedchef May 3, 2012 09:29 PM

          msmouser, if you are anything ike me, HMart is toooo big and no one to help you. China Merchandise is tiny and packed to the brim, w/ tiny narrow aisles, but you won't get lost and if you ask for the co-owner, Joe, he will help you (other owner etc are NOT v helpful). I go here for many many things. Kaffir lime leaves are in freezer usually. There is also a tiny Indian store off Woburn Center rotary- that may have them.

          1. re: opinionatedchef
            greygarious May 4, 2012 11:10 AM

            With H-Mart, unless you WANT to browse and explore, you often need to ask at the service desk to find out where the items on your list are located. At China Merchandise, I have had good luck asking whatever staffer I see where to find an item. Ditto at Raja&Rana's, further north on the same street.

        2. chefematician May 1, 2012 01:13 PM

          My local Whole Foods (River St in Cambridge) carries them. You may want to call one close to you and see if they have them in stock.

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            opinionatedchef May 3, 2012 09:29 PM

            that is really great to know. i would never have thought of them.

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            Madrid May 1, 2012 01:02 PM

            if you do a search, you'll find lots of similar queries. I haven't tried in many months, as I have a good frozen supply,.....sometimes Christina's in Cambridge has them frozen, you have to ask; russo's in watertown sometimes as well, fresh ... call and ask and if you call, ask where in the store to find them. when you do find them, let us know where so we can stock up. they freeze very well.

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