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Looking for wine yeast balls (qu / jiuqu / jiuyao)

treestonerivershrub Mar 17, 2013 04:44 PM

I did a search on this and didn't come up with anything, so my apologies if someone has already posted on this topic and I just wasn't able to locate it.

Inspired by a Harold McGee article in the Chinatown issue of Lucky Peach, I'd like to make rice wine at home for a party I'm going to on Friday. I think McGee is NYC-based, so I'm assuming the necessary wine yeast balls are available in our Chinatown. But as there's not much time between now and then, and I have a busy work schedule, it would be a huge help if I knew where to go! Can anyone help me out?

Thanks so much!

  1. bigjeff Mar 25, 2013 05:06 AM

    I wish I had a specific rec but these little suckers are definitely in any Chinatown market, Kam Mun or the big one on Elizabeth, in the aisle with most of the sticky rice powder and other "baking" supplies. I will look more specifically next time.

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    1. re: bigjeff
      treestonerivershrub Mar 25, 2013 12:17 PM

      Thanks so much for the tip!
      I have finally found them! It was quite an adventure but I think that is part of the fun of this little project!

      1. re: treestonerivershrub
        sgordon Mar 25, 2013 01:45 PM

        Where did you find them, out of curiosity?

        1. re: sgordon
          treestonerivershrub Mar 28, 2013 07:54 PM

          feel free to email me to chat about this!

    2. paulj Mar 17, 2013 04:51 PM

      Harold was also on The Splendid Table last week talking about this.


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      1. re: paulj
        treestonerivershrub Mar 19, 2013 10:14 AM

        Interesting, thanks for the links.
        Going to go to a few places I'm Chinatown today, fingers crossed!
        Looks like he's actually SF based...

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