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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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    lagatta 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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    1. re: lagatta
      williej 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 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...

        1. re: lagatta
          williej 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 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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      Maximilien Feb 7, 2013 10:35 AM

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

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      1. re: Maximilien
        SnackHappy Feb 7, 2013 11:03 AM

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


        1. re: SnackHappy
          Maximilien 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.

      2. SnackHappy 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 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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