Maybe somebody will be interested in this, but I can't believe my luck when I ran into this speciality item at a Chinese gocery store in Chinatown today. I got packaged slightly sweetened shelled chestnuts. The French call them chataigne ecalee, and at highend supermarkets (Whole Foods, or even William Sonomas) they charge over $5 for a small jar with maybe 6 oz at the most. For a bag of 5.3 oz, it cost $1.89 at Pang Kee grocery store on Stockton. These chestnuts are imported from China, and today they were located near the cashier on the left side of the store.
These shelled chestnuts are sometimes used in desserts or in savory dishes like pork roasts. They are cooked and shelled so they can also be eaten as a snack.
Pang Kee Bargin Market
1308 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 982-1959