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Looking for Dried chilies and Banana Leafs?

GreggyK Feb 11, 2013 10:13 AM

Was hoping someone could help me. Planning a Mexican night, I'm going to be grinding up my pork today to make my chorizo, I got my receipe, but it requires a large number of dried chilies that I'm not sure where to find. De Arbol and Guajillo to be exact.

Secondly I'm planning to make a slow roasted pork which calls for Banana leaf to cover the pork while it roasts. I know its not totally necessary but if I could source some I'd really like to try it out.

I'm in Whitby, I know I'm not going to find the banana leaf here, so I'm guessing a trip into Toronto is needed. You think Whole Foods would supply both?

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    youdonut Feb 11, 2013 10:41 AM

    your best bet i think would be to go to kensington market a few of the stores there would have the chilies you are looking for and maybe the banana leaf as well..\

    for more info and location check this site.

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      mammoth Feb 11, 2013 10:55 AM

      You can usually find frozen banana leaves in Asian supermarkets.

      1. midtowngirl Feb 11, 2013 11:03 AM

        A couple of places to try at St. Lawrence Market both on the lower level:

        Lively Life Foods - in the photo in this link you can actually see dried chilies hanging on the wall behind the storekeeper. There is a phone number so you can call them and ask before making the drive: http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/vendo...

        There is also a place on the lower level that says mexican food and ingredients, but I can't remember the name.

        For banana leaf maybe try T&T?

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        1. re: midtowngirl
          stonerose Feb 11, 2013 06:32 PM

          Lively Life has banana leaves - they're in the chest freezer in the back of the store, behind the spices. The Latino food place is excellent for chiles: good variety, very fresh. Pick up some molé poblano while you're there.

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          GreggyK Feb 11, 2013 12:05 PM

          Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

          Anyone know where I can find the chilies a bit closer to Whitby? I wont have the time, nor the desire to drive into the city tonight.

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            albanis Feb 11, 2013 01:53 PM

            You can find both at Tierra Azteca on Bloor just east of Dufferin or either of the pupusa places on Augusta in the market.

            I have definitely seen banana leaves in the frozen food part of Asian grocery stores.

            1. Davwud Feb 12, 2013 04:45 AM

              Banana leaves at an Asian grocery store for sure.

              You may have to bite the bullet and make a trip for the dried chilies or just find a suitable substitute.


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                GreggyK Feb 12, 2013 07:34 AM

                Turns out I had a few dried ancho chili's so I just adjusted the recipe. I got too lazy and didn't want to wait.

                Thanks for all the suggestions

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                  iamafoodie Nov 15, 2013 07:29 AM

                  My No Frills in Mississauga has a variety of dried chilies in plastic bags in the produce dept. Look for them hanging on a vertical rack. You may have to ask about them as get moved around a lot in the department. The variety is ever-changing and lately includes New Mexico, Chipolte, and Guajillo among a few others.

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