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Sep 4, 2013 11:43 AM

Ordering site for Asian ingredients

I ordered Gold Plum Chinkiang Black Vinaigre from this site: The order was promptly filled and the bottles look to be authentic. Haven't opened a bottle yet, though, since it just arrived. I thank you, KungPaoDumpling for suggesting this site. You had not used it, I gather, but I am happy to recommend it.

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  1. I see Amazon carries it also, eligible for free shipping with a $25 purchase.

    I was joking with one of our daughters that if Amazon doesn't carry something, it's probably not being made any more...or you don't really need it :)

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    1. re: c oliver

      Amazon, the digital answer to Prairie Home Companion's "Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery". Motto: If you can't find it at Ralph's, you can probably do without it.

      I have noticed, though, that often the comestibles sold via Amazon are very near their expiration dates. That's a consideration when you get a case of something that's going to take you months or years to go through. Since Amazon is the middleman for lots of vendors, inventory freshness is not
      something it oversees.

      1. re: greygarious

        Makes sense. I just checked a can of the 30 can case of Spanish tuna I recently bought and it has no expiration date (guessing canned things don't?) and the Trinidadian hot sauce I bought is good for almost two years. I'd have been really cranky about the tuna :)

      2. re: c oliver

        For what it is worth, I signed up at Amazon to be notified when the Gold Plum vinegar became available. I have heard nothing from them.

        1. re: jmnewel

          Well, that's not good. I didn't even know they had such a feature but doesn't help if it doesn't work.

        2. re: c oliver

          I was signed up for the same thing and also wasn't informed.

          Also, people have been recently saying that the Amazon Merchant selling the vinegar is selling a fake, not actually Gold Plum brand, that is why I haven't bought it.

          1. re: KungPaoDumplings

            Do you have a link regarding the fake vinegar? I'd think Amazon would be VERY interested in that. VERY.

            1. re: c oliver

              It is among the comments to the link you provided.

              It sadly isn't an uncommon thing, I have seen many merchants sell fake items through Amazon (Things like KitchenAid beater blades saying they are made by KitchenAid when they are knock offs, a lot of food items sadly I've seen many complaints, and I've seen many people buy something new, that clearly wasn't); it really is terrible, I hope that Amazon puts a stop to it.

            2. re: KungPaoDumplings

              I love amazon . I'm one of their best customers .

              But I've bought fake items from them several times. Mostly not their fault . Once, though, they seemed sort of unconcerned and dismissive of it and that peeved me because it WAS their fault . I'm still working through their complaint system. Hopefully will get resolved without lawyering involved .

              1. re: C. Hamster

                I've had that happen to me before, I hope your things get resolved soon and happily.

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Was it a particular category of products that were fake? I guess I should do some research on this.

            3. jmnewel You're very welcome, please please tell me when you do open it and if it is authentic so I can make my own order.

              You're welcome and thank you again!

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              1. re: KungPaoDumplings

                I opened the bottle and tasted it on my finger. Tasted the same, but it has been a while since I tasted the real thing, so I can't be sure. The proof for me will be when I make the eggplant dish for which this vinegar is absolutely required, in my opinion. The dish is not the same (nor as good) without it. But I don't have any eggplant (nasu) at the moment, so am unable to give a complete report.

                1. re: jmnewel

                  I'm more than happy to wait, I'm just happy to know the answer once you can give it.

                  Please please post here when you finally do get eggplant and try it out for a complete report. For your sake I hope you get eggplant soon, I know how much you really love that dish!

                  1. re: KungPaoDumplings

                    I am happy to report that the Gold Plum vinegar I ordered from is authentic. The eggplant dish was as good as ever, finally. The vinegar costs $3.99 per bottle, but the shipping charges bump that up to almost $7.50 per bottle. But if you gotta have it, you gotta have it!

                    1. re: jmnewel

                      That is so exciting!

                      That was really fast for you to report it, thank you!

                      I'm so happy that we finally have a reputable resource for this!

                      Please post here or on my post if for some reason in the future stops being reputable.

                      Thank you again and thank you so much jmnewel!!

              2. If anyone is wondering what thread jmnewel is talking about where I had listed this website as a suggestion, the thread is here: