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Merken (Chilean spice blend)

Icedcoldtears Feb 6, 2013 03:00 PM

Anyone knows where to find some?

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  1. SnackHappy RE: Icedcoldtears Feb 7, 2013 09:10 AM

    I have no idea, but I would begin my search at Boucherie St-Viateur. It's owned by Chileans and sells a lot of products from the Southern Cone.


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    1. re: SnackHappy
      InterFoodie RE: SnackHappy Feb 7, 2013 10:16 AM

      Try calling the shop Spice Station, they only sell spices.

      They seem to have everything and they introduced me to Berber spice which is amazing.


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      Maximilien RE: Icedcoldtears Feb 7, 2013 10:35 AM

      Always check with "Olives & Épices" at Marché Jean-Talon.

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        SnackHappy RE: Maximilien Feb 7, 2013 11:03 AM

        I just looked on the Epices de Cru site and they don't list merkén amongst their products.


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          Maximilien RE: SnackHappy Feb 7, 2013 11:19 AM

          I know, but they have so many different spice blends that they can probably substitute it with something similar.

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        lagatta RE: Icedcoldtears Mar 13, 2013 02:44 PM

        I've found some! Indeed, at Boucherie St-Viateur: 88, rue Beaubien Est, Montréal, 514 276-6759

        It is packed in small transparent plastic tubs the way foods in bulk places often are. If you can't find it, just ask the owners and staff.

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          williej RE: lagatta Mar 13, 2013 08:28 PM

          I am curious as I like making different kinds of foods; what is the spice used for?

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            lagatta RE: williej Mar 14, 2013 03:41 AM

            There is a wikipedia entry:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merk%C3%A9n and this is the first article in English I turned up: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/...

            Note that the proper spelling is merkén, the acute accent means that the stress is on the last syllable.

            If you turn up any results with a slightly racy meaning, it is because they were written by people who can't spell...

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              williej RE: lagatta Mar 14, 2013 02:59 PM

              It says it has coriander in it; is that the seed or the green leaf? The latter--ich, I cannot have at all! The former is fine.

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                lagatta RE: williej Mar 14, 2013 07:10 PM

                I believe it is the seed, but from what I can see of the merkén at Boucherie St-Viateur, it seems to be nothing but the pepper itself, no coriander seed. Ask them.

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