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ISO celtuce AKA asparagus lettuce or wosun

hyperbowler Aug 30, 2013 11:18 AM

Anyone spotted it recently, either in a market or restaurant? I've only noticed it in a produce market on Stockton in Chinatown, and their selection wasn't healthy looking. I haven't had luck in some of the bigger Asian supermarkets in SF.

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    bigwheel042 RE: hyperbowler Aug 30, 2013 11:26 AM

    Not sure of the season but I got some at the Civic Center farmer's market a month or so ago.

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      hyperbowler RE: bigwheel042 Aug 30, 2013 11:31 AM

      Thanks! Before I realized it was something I'd eaten before outside the Bay Area, I had noticed it at a few more places. I hope the local season hasn't ended-- it's great stuff!

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: hyperbowler Aug 30, 2013 11:27 AM

      You might email Commis and ask them who they buy it from.

      1. Dave MP RE: hyperbowler Aug 30, 2013 11:34 AM

        I saw it a few weeks ago in one of the smaller produce shops on Irving. Maybe around 22nd or 23rd Avenue.

        I have not seen it recently at the farmers markets recently, though I haven't been paying super close attention.

        1. RWCFoodie RE: hyperbowler Aug 30, 2013 11:38 AM

          Several months ago, maybe last year, we had it at South Legend Sichuan in Milpitas... Quite tasty.


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            hyperbowler RE: hyperbowler Mar 11, 2014 07:38 AM

            It's perhaps too early for this, but has this ever been spotted at a restaurant this year?

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              calny RE: hyperbowler Mar 17, 2014 01:47 AM

              I saw it today at one of the spill into the sidewalk produce markets in Oakland Chinatown. On 8th St. btw Harrison and Webster, south side of the street. $1.29/lb I've never used it before, so I don't know exactly how to assess quality. It looked a tad droopy, but the topknot of leaves was green if a bit wilty. The cut base was maybe 2" in diameter and looked freshly cut, neither dry nor crusty. Had I not been on the way to work, I'd have bought some to try cooking at home. What's the consensus, raw or cooked?

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                hyperbowler RE: calny Mar 17, 2014 12:24 PM

                Yay! Their appearance is good news and I'm glad you asked about how to gauge quality. I've started a thread on the Home Cooking board so that we may get more responses about choosing celtuse and how to prepare it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/969170

                Despite tons of high quality Asian greens, celtuce was not available at the Alemany Farmer's Market in SF this weekend. SF finds are desired.

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                  hyperbowler RE: hyperbowler Jun 13, 2014 06:25 PM

                  It's been at several places in Oakland Chinatown. The best I've seen/bought have been at Yet Sun Market. On weekends, they've been fat and even, and with fresh leaves at the end of the stalk.

                  Yet Sun Market
                  397 8th St
                  Oakland, CA 94607
                  b/t Franklin St & Webster St in Oakland Chinatown

                  The celtuse I've seen at big supermarkets (Lion in Newark and Marina Market in San Mateo) have been lousy.

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                    Dave MP RE: hyperbowler Jun 14, 2014 08:18 AM

                    I bought some at Sunset Super the other day in SF. Not too thick, but firm and fresh. I think it was $1.20 per lb

              2. Melanie Wong RE: hyperbowler Mar 28, 2014 10:00 PM

                Spotted this morning, fresh as can be for 99¢ per pound in SF Chinatown at New Louie's, 1213 Stockton St.

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