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Where to Get Thai Ingrediants In Delaware? Kaffir & Galangal

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I want to make an authentic Beef Rendang. I need Kaffir Lime Leaves and Galangal. I can get everything at Newark Famer's Market for the recipe BUT those two items. Any ideas where I could get these important ingredients?

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  1. Looks like there is an Indian grocery store in Wilmington (Everest) and see the website at delawareindia.com

    In Dover and Newark, too. I have never been, just searched. From the site:

    From Maggie Noodles to Basmati rice to Priya pickles, LG hing, and Hamam soap, there's no Indian product that you cannot get in Wilmington, Newark or Dover.

    Amazon sells dried versions. Also, check other ethnic grocers in your area. In my area, sometimes they have corners for other ethnicities besides the main grocery type.

    You can substitute ginger for galangal. I have also simply left out the kaffir lime leaves. I can't imagine what would be a good substitute. They are kind of their own thing. I have bought dried ones. You can find both of these items online, too, at Amazon.

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    1. re: healthytouch101

      I called up an Indian store called "Apna Bazaar" in Delaware. They claim to be the best India grocery store in Delaware. They've never heard of Galangal and Kaffir Lime Leaves. haha.

      My search continues. I do see that I could purchase these online. I guess that's my last option. It is SOOOO expensive online. Like $15 an ounce for Kaffir Lime Leaves. You would think you were buying some sort of drug or something.

      EDIT: I also called up Yong’s Oriental Food Mart and Wang’s Oriental Food Store. They said no to the Kaffir Lime Leaves but Wang's Oriental Store said that they had frozen Galangal. But that's after they didn't understand what Galangal was and I said: "Its sort of like Ginger". So it could be just frozen Ginger. :(

      1. re: ThaiYouUpLongTime

        Wow, that stinks. I live in a smaller population area and so the ethnic grocers tend to be multi-cultural or they won't survive. So my experience is that I can get Indian and some Asian and a few ingredients from the Philippines in one place. I know better though--because in the larger cities I have visited they are all very separate. What if you called one in a larger city and paid via credit card and asked them to ship it? Might be faster/cheaper than online.

    2. Although I would be surprised if Apna Bazaar had either item--it's an Indian grocery, not SE Asian--there are in fact two Apna Bazaars, and the one on Elkton Rd. in Newark is bigger. I don't know if you called that one or the one in Price's Corner (Old Capitol Trail).

      I've been shopping Asian groceries in New Castle County for 16 years and I don't recall ever seeing these items. My suggestion would be to order online or take a ride up to Washington St. in Philadelphia, where there are several Vietnamese supermarkets.

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      1. re: travelmad478

        Thanks for the tips. You are correct these are more east Asian ingredients. I've seen A LOT of Thai recipes that include these ingredients. They seem to be the staple of their cooking. I might have to take a trip to Philly because at this point I think its impossible to find these ingredients in Delaware.

        I called the one on Old Capital trail road.

      2. If the previous suggestions don't solve your shopping needs, and you don't mind traveling a bit, you might want to try shopping in the area around Exton in Chester County. There are many (MANY) Indian and Asian grocers in that area. There's a good size store called Bhavani on Rt. 30 between Exton and Downingtown that has a nice selection of produce.

        Bhavani Food Market
        402 W Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341
        Phone:(610) 363-9030)

        There are also a few Asian/Indian grocers on Rt. 100 -- one in the Marchwood Shopping Center.

        Also in PA (Sorry -- I'm close to DE, and do lots of shopping there, but for these types of ingredients I shop in PA) -- I'm pretty sure I've seen Kaffir lime leaves in Wegmans in Downingtown. You migt also try Whole Foods on Rt. 202 in Glen Mills.

        1. In a past thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8505...), Janssen's Market said they sold kaffir lime leaves so you should check with them.