I have made some viet beef balls and wanted to have either some pho or soup tonight. I really like my beef ball soup with ngo gai (sawtooth herb, Eryngium foetidum) so I went to my favourite grocer on Spadina (on the west side in a basement, recently renovated, called Oriental Express??) and they were sold out (I've bought it here before though). So, I tried the little old women who when asked for ngo gai simply said 'I no grow'. So, then I tried Fruits&Fruits and they had it, but it was awful -- torn, browning and expensive. I tried two or three other places to no avail.
Today I was up in the north end for a haircut and I tried T&T and was sorely dissapointed with their produce and herb selections.
So, where do you go when you want ngo gai, rau ram, rau beng, galangal, etc.? I'd like a back up to Oriental Express.