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best supermarket selection for kosher products in Toronto and Montreal

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koshergourmetmart Jul 10, 2012 10:26 AM

I am looking for the best supermarket for kosher product selection in Toronto and Montreal. I am looking for items not found in US like VH sauces (hubby loves thai and indian food), those asian gourmet sauces someone mentioned a while back and any other interesting food items.

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    njkosher Jul 10, 2012 02:16 PM

    Sobey's in Thornhill. Its in the shopping mall on the corner of Hilda and Clark, north of Steeles Ave. Huge kosher section with bakery, meat, fish and groceries.

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      nuts4food Jul 10, 2012 03:44 PM

      In Montreal, best selection would be at the IGA in the cavendish mall. Corner of Cavendish and Mackle in Cote St Luc.

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        mamaleh Jul 11, 2012 09:11 PM

        In Toronto, (Thornhill, actually) Sobey's for sure. Also, the Kosher Warehouse on Doncaster is fun to visit if it is still around. I would also take a trip to a Loblaws or No Frills store to check out their President's Choice line of products to see what is new and kosher. I had some fantastic chocolate chip ice-cream sandwiches from there last week. Umami Sushi at Bathurst and Ranee carries King Soba products which I have not yet seen in California www.kingsoba.com
        Two Moms Baked Goods are also now appearing packaged on shelves of kosher supermarkets http://www.twomomsbakedgoods.com/aboutus.html
        Golden Chopsticks sells their restaurant's sauces www.goldenchopstick.ca

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          koshergourmetmart Jul 12, 2012 06:34 AM

          are golden chopstick's sauces shelf stable (bottled)? or refrigerated?

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            mamaleh Jul 12, 2012 02:22 PM

            They are not shelf stable. Sold in foam take-out containers.

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            cheesecake17 Jul 16, 2012 11:11 AM

            Are the kings soba products avail in ny?

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            SoCal Mother Jul 12, 2012 11:05 PM

            What happened to Miami Grill? (It was in the shopping center with Sobey's.)

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              mamaleh Jul 12, 2012 11:29 PM

              Gone. It was part of the restaurant group that owns Dairy Treats. Their other restaurants are still around. There are some good newer less expensive meat options around too. Dr. Laffa, Ba Li Laffa and the order-at-the-counter grill thingy at Hartman's.
              The only really nice sit-down meat place is Marron on Eglinton.

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                koshergourmetmart Jul 13, 2012 05:50 AM

                I was looking for shelf stable since we will be traveling for more than a week after leaving toronto/Montreal. Does sobeys have any interesting sauces? Do hey carry z full line Of vh saucs especially Thai? What stores can I find Asian home gourmet?

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                  mamaleh Jul 13, 2012 08:31 AM

                  Sobeys at Clark and HIlda has VH for sure. Not sure about Asian Home Gourmet. Phone number if you want to check is (905) 764-3770. There is also John's No Frills nearby on Centre Street with a good selection of kosher products. I have bought Thai curry powder with a hechsher there in years past, but I cannot remember the name of it.

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                    koshergourmetmart Jul 13, 2012 11:44 AM

                    Do they have the Thai,ones. Am in USA so hard,to call.

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                      mamaleh Jul 13, 2012 07:46 PM

                      Sorry, I'm back on the West Coast. Otherwise I would run in and check for you.

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                        sadg95 Jul 14, 2012 08:11 PM

                        When I was at Sobeys in December they had a huge selection of VH sauces, including the Pad Thai and a Thai Curry Sauce that I bought. I bought about 8 different VH sauces (to bring back to the US) and there were a whole bunch of other flavors that I didn't get.
                        I also picked up a bunch of VH sauces at a a huge, huge place called Canadian Superstore. Its at Dufferin and Steeles, about a couple of miles from Sobey's (and very close to Dr Laffa). They had a very wide selection of VH dips and sauces, too.

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                    JRKyummy Jul 19, 2012 09:18 PM

                    John's No Frills on Centre St. just west of Bathurst in Thornhill has a good selection of VH sauces, including the Thai ones. You can also find Sambal Oelek from Huy Fong Food Inc. that has a hechsher. Both are in the Asian food aisle. In the kosher aisle, top shelf, you can find Taste of Asia thai red and green curry pastes, coconut milks, rice paper wrappers, etc.

                    San-J has a great thai peanut sauce, that works well with Pad Thai.

                    If you have time to drive 20 minutes north, you can also get some great Asian and Indian sauces, including curry sauces, pastes, chutneys and a 14-spice curry combo in a grinder, at Nature's Emporium at the corner of Yonge and Mulock in Newmarket.

                    Eat Sum More, in the plaza along the north side of the Promenade Mall in Thornhill, often has South African curry spices and sauces that are kosher. The best is Nando's - their coconut curry sauce is simply awesome.

                    President's Choice Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies are amazing, and you can buy their chocolate chips or chocolate chunks separately. New batches of the chocolate chips are now dairy, but you can still find pareve chocolate chunks.

                    In Montreal, the IGA in Cavendish Mall in Cote St. Luc is your best bet.

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                      koshergourmetmart Jul 20, 2012 10:06 AM

                      what brands at nature emporium are Curry pastes?

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                        JRKyummy Jul 20, 2012 12:30 PM

                        Everland, which is based in British Columbia.

                        In some stores, you can find Sharwood's curry pastes. They don't have an official hechsher, but I know that they are on the London "kosher list". See this past topic:
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/274203

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