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Source for tua nao in the Bay Area

dawei Apr 6, 2013 09:43 AM

Anybody know where I can get tua nao (ทัวเน่า) in the Bay Area, preferably East Bay? Talking about the fermented soybeans, either the basic beans or the pounded/dried brown discs, used in Shan cooking and called for in many recipes in Naomi Duguid's "Burma" cookbook.

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    qianning RE: dawei Apr 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    If you can't find it in SF, here are two web based providers to look into:



    1. Robert Lauriston RE: dawei Apr 6, 2013 11:35 AM

      You might call Pla2 in Berkeley. 510-486-0515

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        dawei RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 6, 2013 02:58 PM

        Pla2's phone is disconnected--out of business? I'll take a look next time I drive by...

      2. ...tm... RE: dawei Apr 6, 2013 09:06 PM

        I haven't noticed the dried cakes anywhere, though I just recently started looking. I know that commercial fermented soybeans and/or fermented soybean paste are available many places, (including the place in Berkeley at University and McGee, which I assume is Pla2 everyone else is referring to), as well as Sontepheap Market (14th ave at International) and Lao Market (between 15th-16th). Lao Market also has their own homemade fermented soybeans with chili in one of the refrigerators.

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