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May 2, 2013 06:21 PM

Vietnamese La Lot (piper sarmentosum) leaves

Summer's here so I was really hoping to get some beef wrapped in la lot leaves to grill up. was wondering if anyone knows of any stores (preferably East Bay but I have the feeling I'll have to go down to the South Bay) that sells Vietnamese la lot (piper sarmentosum), sometimes called "wild betel" leaf. I haven't found it in Contra Costa county (not surprising). I'm not sure if this herb is subject to a season or available year round. I'd prefer to find it fresh but I'm so desperate for this dish, I'll take frozen too :)

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  1. I think the store where I've bought ngo gai has it. I think it's the first or second store east of Broadway on the south side of 9th or maybe 8th in downtown Oakland. They keep the obscure herbs in the refrigerator, I didn't see the ngo gai but when I asked about it they dug some out.