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suvro Dec 13, 2012 07:46 AM

Where can I get banana leaves, either fresh or frozen, in the San Gabriel Valley? I have looked for them at the SG Superstore - but not knowing the Vietnamese name for it, I have not found it readily.

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    catbert Dec 18, 2012 02:04 PM

    i don't shop at sg superstore often so i don't remember exactly where they are but like others have said, you'll find them in the freezer section. usually they're with lemongrass and lotus leaves.

    if you go further down to hawaii supermarket, they're also in the freezer bins which is next to the meat dept. interms of store location, it'll go meat service case, frozen meat, and then the next frozen section down on the left are the vegetarian frozen items. it'll be in that area.

    1. flylice2x Dec 15, 2012 02:30 AM

      Marukai Supermarket in frozen section.

      1. boogiebaby Dec 15, 2012 12:40 AM

        SG Superstore has them in the frozen area. Sometimes they have fresh ones too. Ive also seen frozen ones at the Van Nuys 99 Ranch.

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        1. re: boogiebaby
          suvro Dec 15, 2012 09:08 AM

          Can you give me a sense of the location within the store? And if I need to ask the store worker, should I say banana leaf or the Vietnamese phrase lá chuối as mentioned by Servorg?

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            bulavinaka Dec 15, 2012 09:50 AM

            R.e. 99 Ranch, usually in the more ethnic part of the freezer section; i.e., Filipino foods, frozen sausages, lemon grass, etc.

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              suvro Dec 17, 2012 07:40 AM

              Found it in the Rowland Heights Ranch99 store. We had gone for dimsum at Happy Harbor (not a very good dimsum experience), and I stopped by the Ranch99 next door. Asked the Hispanic worker there and he showed me. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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          AskHo Dec 13, 2012 12:42 PM

          Seafood City, Island pacific market in West Covina. Or find a Filipino market closest to you.

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            luckattack Dec 13, 2012 09:07 AM

            ive seen it in the freezers in the sg superstore. it is folded like about a paper size. it might have been by the freezers by the salty fish side of the store.

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            1. re: luckattack
              suvro Dec 13, 2012 09:46 AM

              Thanks. Will check this out.

              1. re: luckattack
                banjoboy Dec 14, 2012 08:05 AM

                Luckattack has it right. I think you'll find it in the freezer section of just about any medium-sized Asian grocery store in the SGV. They're cheap too.

              2. Servorg Dec 13, 2012 08:59 AM

                I looked at Google translate and it seems the term for banana leaf in Vietnamese is lá chuối.

                Have you checked with the folks at LAX-C to see if they might have it? http://lax-c.com/

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                1. re: Servorg
                  suvro Dec 13, 2012 09:46 AM

                  Talked to them. They have no idea.

                  1. re: suvro
                    Servorg Dec 13, 2012 09:59 AM

                    I did see this on line: http://www.melissas.com/Products/Prod... and she has a link to 99 Ranch stores that carry her products.

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                      suvro Dec 13, 2012 11:11 AM

                      Thanks. I will check out the 99 Ranch store - but in the past I have not seen it. I think the link on her website is for most of her products.
                      The banana leaves sold directly from this website is quite pricey - $38!!!

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