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Best sources to buy obscure ingredients online?


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Best sources to buy obscure ingredients online?

GardenFresh | | Nov 28, 2012 09:00 AM

Hi all!

I'm really trying to get into more ethnic cooking, and am hoping to try to cook more authentically, rather than just the Americanized versions of ethnic dishes.

I'm super excited, and can't wait to get started, but the problem is that the suburban area where I live is really lacking in any kind of ethnic markets or even fancy food stores, so I'm having trouble getting certain ingredients. The other day I tried making real ramen, but there was no miso paste to be found anywhere near my house, let alone even more obscure (to Americans) ingredients such as kombu or bonito.

So I'm thinking I need to buy a lot of ingredients online, and would love to know which websites you guys recommend. The options are overwhelming, and it's hard to know which sites are reliable and carry good quality products.

I am currently leaning toward certain Asian cuisines, mostly Korean, Thai, etc. but also may branch out into others eventually. So recommendations for sites that focus specifically on Asian ingredients are great, as well as maybe sites that have a more broad range of options.

Thanks in advance for your help!