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Tamarind Paste In Houston

James Cristinian Jan 30, 2013 04:39 PM

Watching a Gordon Ramsey Ultimate Cookery Course show, a great cooking show BBC America 264 on DTV, tamarind paste was an ingredient. The wife-a-cita has looked at Fiesta Bellaire and Hillcroft and MY HEB on Bunker Hil plus other places to no avail, any suggestions?

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    brucesw RE: James Cristinian Jan 30, 2013 05:32 PM

    I know I've seen it somewhere. My best guess would be an Indian grocer, tamarind is a very common ingredient in Indian food. You could also check out Spec's and Phoenicia. Both have inventories online that may help.

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      mcluhan RE: James Cristinian Jan 30, 2013 06:33 PM

      I'd try the 99 Ranch Market on Blalock & I-10. I think I've seen it there, but can't remember which aisle.

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        mcluhan RE: mcluhan Jan 31, 2013 10:09 AM

        Update - it's on aisle 5 near the sugar, bottom shelf. They sell bricks of it and paste in jars.

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          James Cristinian RE: mcluhan Jan 31, 2013 06:11 PM

          Wow, great info. I thank you and the wife thanks you. We'll be there this weekend, and a bonus we're less than 10 minutes away.

      2. DoobieWah RE: James Cristinian Jan 30, 2013 07:59 PM

        I have a brick I got at Hong Kong Market on Bellaire.

        I'm sure 99 Ranch Market has it also.

        I'm also pretty sure ive seen it at Fiesta and the bigger HEBs.

        Can't say i've seen it at Phoenicia.

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          caliking RE: James Cristinian Jan 30, 2013 11:50 PM

          Go to an Indian grocery store like Patel Bros on Hillcroft and look for Tamicon. Its a thick syrup/paste type of tamarind concentrate. There is also Maggi Tamarina kind of like a tamarind sauce (think ketchup).

          1. Lambowner RE: James Cristinian Jan 31, 2013 11:10 AM

            Need to check Comcast schedule for that show, sounds interesting.

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              James Cristinian RE: Lambowner Jan 31, 2013 05:56 PM

              I don't know when Comcast shows it, but it's two shows 12-1pm on DTV.

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              ARenko RE: James Cristinian Feb 1, 2013 09:12 AM

              I've found it at Hong Kong Market and several small asian shops around town (Asia Market on Cavalcade being my favorite). You can also buy tamarind water, which saves you the step of making it yourself from the paste.

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                mcluhan RE: James Cristinian Feb 1, 2013 04:22 PM

                Just curious, but what do you plan to make with the tamarind paste? I've enjoyed the Tamarind Chicken at La Viet restaurant and have had fried fish with tamarind sauce at various Thai restaurants. That's about the extent of my tamarind experience.

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                  DoobieWah RE: mcluhan Feb 1, 2013 05:25 PM


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                    DoobieWah RE: mcluhan Feb 4, 2013 01:19 PM

                    I went to Le Viet for dinner Friday night and thanks to this recc, I ordered the Tamarind Chicken.

                    It was excellent and is by far my new favorite dish there.

                    Thanks, mcluhan. Great recommendation.

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                      mcluhan RE: DoobieWah Feb 5, 2013 07:49 PM

                      DoobieWah, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The food has been excellent overall the past few times I've gone there. I wonder if they have a new chef.

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                      James Cristinian RE: mcluhan Feb 6, 2013 05:04 PM

                      The wife wants it based on the Ramsey episode. I'm going to have to double check the dvr to see what he makes. She also wants to put it in one of her many no name concoctions.

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