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kaffir lime leaves?

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Are these available in Chicago? I've looked in several Asian markets in Andersonville, but haven't been able to find them.

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  1. Asian Markets in Andersonville or in Uptown? Because I've definitely seen them in Uptown (can't recall the specific market but it was on Broadway).

    1. Availability comes in spurts, and I think there are legal reasons for this. Sometimes they are banned from being imported (iirc.) My usual spot is the Asian grocery store on Broadway a block or so N of Lawrence in the strip mall on the East side of Broadway. It's in the NE corner of that strip mall. My other "go-to" spot for these is Super H Mart up in Niles.

      1. They're hard to find. Sometimes they are in the freezer. Those work quite well. I was thrilled to find them fresh at Assi in Niles, a suburb northwest of Chicago. I always ask the employees. They often love to talk about their cuisine and they know you understand it somewhat if you are asking for kaffir lime leaves. I always ask about their ideas for a curry without coconut milk that is sometimes called Jungle Curry, Kang Pa, Gang Par.....The hottest curry I know of and so good!

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          I have gotten kaffir lime leaves from Ted Biernacki at the OP Farmers' Mkt. He does not always have them, so call him first.

          Ted's Greenhouse in Tinley Park:
          16930 S 84th Ave

          http://www.tedsgreenhouse.com/Index.html

          Ted is at several Farmers' Markets during the summer:

          Hinsdale Farmers Market
          30 E Chicago Avenue
          Hinsdale
          At the intersection of Garfield Street and Chicago Avenue - north of the Brush Hill Train Depot.
          Monday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

          Hines V.A. Hospital (by Loyola Hospital
          )5th Avenue & Roosevelt Rd.
          Maywood
          Thursday 7am - 1pm

          Oak Park Farmers' Market
          SW Corner of Pilgrilm Church parking lot
          640 W Lake St (1 blk w of Ridgeland)
          Oak Park
          Sat. 7am - 1pm

          He asked me one time if I wanted to just buy a tree so I'd always have the leaves, so I guess he has them available. Said they're 'easy to grow'. And that the leaves freeze well.

          Don't miss the donuts & folk music at Oak Park!

           
           
           
            1. re: nikkib99

              Tai Nam is not on Argyle. It's in "Tai Nam Market Center", about a half-dozen stores south of Argyle right off Broadway on the right (east) side, and which is a "parking lot" with a strip mall on the south side of that parking lot with Tai Nam supermarket/grocery at the east end of that strip.

              I have always seen kaffir lime leaves there whenever I've been there.

              1. re: huiray

                Correction...Tai Nam on Broadway.

                Anyway, they have them there.

            2. I've got a huge plant on my patio that needs some good pruning. Feel free to grab a bunch if you want...way too many for me and Mr. Potato to use.

              1. Golden Pacific Market, 5353 N. Broadway, usually has them . . . that's always been my source.