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Any mainstream grocery stores selling ethnic asian herbs?

cookiekakie Nov 19, 2013 01:52 PM

I've seen Galangal, turmeric and lemongrass in whole foods but is it possible to get rau ram or other herbs anywhere easily?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: cookiekakie Nov 19, 2013 02:08 PM

    Berkeley Bowl has a lot of Japanese produce.

    Which towns / neighborhoods are convenient for you to shop?

    1. chefj RE: cookiekakie Nov 19, 2013 03:25 PM

      I have seen Rau Ram, Culantro(Saw Tooth Herb) Perilla, Curry Leaves at B.B.West.

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        Radical347 RE: cookiekakie Nov 20, 2013 09:21 AM

        Not sure where you are at, but in the South Bay there's Lion. While it's a Vietnamese grocery store, there are plenty of locations and they all have an excellent selection of Vietnamese herbs (and other produce).

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Radical347 Nov 20, 2013 09:23 AM

          Same goes for the 99 Ranch chain.

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            Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 23, 2013 08:01 PM

            99 Ranch has only a fraction of the selection of Vietnamese herbs that a Lion store does. At least not in Richmond, Daly City, Foster City, Fremont, or Mountain View Ranch 99's where I've shopped unless something has changed recently.

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              Radical347 RE: Melanie Wong Nov 26, 2013 03:02 PM

              I concur. The 99 Ranch in Cupertino is the only one where I've found a robust herb selection.

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                Melanie Wong RE: Radical347 Nov 26, 2013 03:35 PM

                Gosh, I haven't been in the Cupertino store for ages even though I do dine at the neighboring restaurants from time to time. It may be that the closer one gets to San Jose and the Vietnamese enclaves, the better the herb selection. I didn't pay attention when I shopped at the newish Milpitas store a couple months ago. ;)

        2. possumspice RE: cookiekakie Nov 20, 2013 09:59 AM

          lots of asian herbs at duc loi, which is two blocks fom the 16th mission bart station

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            cookiekakie RE: possumspice Nov 23, 2013 10:34 AM

            I am in Palo Alto, and can travel down south till Sunnyvale. I think there is a Ranch 99 in Mtn View. I will check.

            Thank you for suggestions. May be time to grow these at home! :-)

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              Robert Lauriston RE: cookiekakie Nov 23, 2013 10:36 AM

              99 Ranch locations:


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            Alan408 RE: cookiekakie Nov 23, 2013 08:05 PM

            Sunnyvale has Han Kook and India Cash and Carry

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              teleme RE: cookiekakie Nov 24, 2013 06:22 AM

              Speaking of rau ram -- just got back from a couple of weeks in northern Viet Nam. Never found rau ram as topping for various soups or rolls, but a great variety of others, including cilantro, perilla, various mints, basil, lettuce and convolvulus. (And never just basil, as I find here in northern Calif. pho'.)

              On the other hand, got some rau ram from 99 Ranch Market more than a year ago (for authentic curry laksa), and found it easy to root, and the plants have overwintered fine despite our Napa frosts.

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                chefj RE: teleme Nov 24, 2013 10:22 AM

                I think that most of the Restaurants in the Bay Area are run by Southern Vietnamese . That may explain the difference in Herbs that are used or not used compared to the North.

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