Any ideas in the vicinity of Columbia City or Genesee St.? Last night I was scrambling to find tamardind pulp for an in-progress Goan curry I was making, and was ultimately denied at several places. I had my eye out for the "Tamcon" product I had purchased in the past, a dark paste in small plastic jar that is produced in Thailand or India.
The Safeway on Rainier has a fairly decent selection of "ethnic" foods (mostly mexican) but no tamardind pulp. My most proximate target for Indian staples is a Somali market on Rainier about one block south of tutta bella, but it was closed. Also tried the Mexican shop in the strip with Rainier Billards across the street-no dice. I went to Tagla Market, a tiny Ethiopian place, but they didn't have it etither. I drove by Mekong Rainier, a recently remodled Vietnamese/Camboidan grocery but it was closed.
This question dovetails with this recent post http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/553547 which raises the question of curry leaves in Seattle. I think there is a terrible shortage of Indian groceries in the city limits generally.
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