Greetings Portland 'hounds
Long-time (10+ year) Los Angeles Chowhound here, doing some reconnaissance work, as there's a possibility that my Lovely Tasting Assistant™ (LTA™) and I could move to Portland in the near future-- around June/July.
She's from Taiwan, and one of the great joys I've had in living with her is that she's encouraged me to learn how to cook homey Chinese dishes. We love Fuchsia Dunlop's "Every Grain of Rice" book, and here in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley, I've been successful finding most of the ingredients I need for her recipes.
I don't expect the same depth of concentration of Chinese ingredients to be available in Portland (I understand that Seattle and Vancouver are better Chinese food destinations), but I am very curious to know from 'hounds knowledgeable in Chinese cookery whether some of my favorite ingredients are available, and where to find them. I understand the Portland Chinese community is located in the east part of the city, around 82-83rd. Is this accurate?
In particular, I'd like to know if you've got access to some of my favorite ingredients. I'll link to pics here:
Juancheng Doubanjiang from Pixian province (Sichuan) - this brand in particular:
Dried, fermented black beans (any brand):
Chinese fresh lily bulbs (usually sold fresh, in vacuum sealed packaging in the refrigerated section):
Young garlic (with purple bulbs-- not to be confused with spring onions, which are not purple, and do not have the same flavor)
Sichuan fermented mustard greens (Ya Cai) in vacuum sealed pouch:
Baked pressed tofu:
That's enough for now-- thanks in advance, Portland 'hounds!
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