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Dec 27, 2012 04:48 PM

Andouille sausage in Vancouver/Victoria?

Any idea where I could buy good andouille -- as smoky, spicy as possible -- in Lower Mainland (Vancouver/Burnaby to Surrey, Langley, White Rock, not North Shore) or Victoria?

Many thanks!

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  1. The Whole Beast (on Oak Bay Ave. in Victoria) makes brilliant andouille. Not sure about where you should go in Van...

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    1. re: anewton

      Thanks a lot! (I've been using chorizo, but it's just not the same.)

      1. re: sun lover

        Freybe does one (or did in the past anyways) and I have bought it at Buy Low Kingsway

    2. I'd imagine Oyama Sausage Co. (Granville Isld), Polonia Sausage House (Fraser St) and Continential Sausage (Main St) all offer them once awhile if not all the time.

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        Much appreciated! (I live in Gulf Islands, don't know a lot of these places. It'll be fun to check them out.)

        1. re: sun lover

          If you're going to try Oyama, I'd suggest calling ahead as they may be able to reserve some andouille for you. Their sausage menu is immense and they rotate the types and flavours so you never really know what you will find when you get there. They really do make excellent sausages.

      2. I'm not sure what your criteria for "good" would include, but Whole Foods does have andouille.

        1. Galloping Goose sausage from Victoria also does one and they're available at three of the Gulf Islands (check GG website) - you could ask the retailer to get a package of it in next time he orders.

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          1. I've seen andouille at many places, but hard to say where to find "good" andouille (which I'm assuming will come from Lousiana or France). Most andouille I have seen is just smoked, spiced regular pork sausage - andouille should have coarse chopped pork and/or pork stomach and intestine in the filling. ( Some varieties are made with nothing but fat, stomach and intestine).

            Same Issue with chorizo. It's easy to find bad and mediocre chorizo here from all the usual places. It is difficult or impossible to find a good one. Even the ones made by high end artisanal purveyors here do not taste right.

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            1. re: fmed

              Interesting. What about places that sell imported castellano chorizo from Spain? Not too hard to find...(I can think of at least 3 places here on the island that sell it, so it must be fairly accessible on the lower mainland).

              1. re: anewton

                Palacios is what I usually buy. Castellano is kind of industrial - laden with admixtures such as milk powder, food colouring, etc.