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Searching for Chinese ingredients (Zurich area)

Hi everyone,
I just joined this forum because I need help finding some ingredients that I used to have no trouble finding in London but that are proving unattainable now that I'm in Zurich The things I'm looking for are:

- Lotus leaves
- gypsum powder, used to coagulate soy; I want to make a dessert called tau fu fa (cantonese) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douhua)
- tapioca pearls, for making bubble tea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_tea : the black bits at the bottom)

Any help is much appreciated! TIA
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Old 22.07.2010, 16:17
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Re: Searching for Chinese ingredients (Zurich area)

there's a chinese supermarket opposite the train station in Oerlikon (opposite side to the hotel)
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Re: Searching for Chinese ingredients (Zurich area)

Aggarwal Indian market on Langstrasse has tapioca pearls.

Also, there is an Asian market in the HB.
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Re: Searching for Chinese ingredients (Zurich area)

there s a chinese food store right next to bahnhof wiedikon, never been in there myself but heard good reviews and they seem to be well stocked when i look in the windows.
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OP, a quick Google brought this up http://www.justhungry.com/2007/01/wh...neseasian.html

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there s a chinese food store right next to bahnhof wiedikon, never been in there myself but heard good reviews and they seem to be well stocked when i look in the windows.
Awesome, awesome shop... between it and Bharkats it caters for all my Asian grub needs. .
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Re: Searching for Chinese ingredients (Zurich area)

thanks everyone who pointed me to the google results... I'm very aware that there are loads of 'asian' supermarkets in Zurich but I'm looking for specific ingredients and was hoping for help in finding those. Especially the gypsum powder, which is starting to drive me nuts

Thanks Amy Warren, will go there as soon as possible
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Old 22.07.2010, 16:48
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Hi everyone,
I just joined this forum because I need help finding some ingredients that I used to have no trouble finding in London but that are proving unattainable now that I'm in Zurich The things I'm looking for are:

- Lotus leaves
- gypsum powder, used to coagulate soy; I want to make a dessert called tau fu fa (cantonese) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douhua)
- tapioca pearls, for making bubble tea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_tea : the black bits at the bottom)

Any help is much appreciated! TIA
I havent seen lotus leaves nor the tapioca pearls at Lien Hwa - that is the supermarket at Bahnhof Wiedikon which has been mentioned on this thread (and many others) by the way. But you can get gypsum powder there - you'll have to find the Chinese name for it and ask the girl. I am pretty sure its not called gypsum powder.

Can I have an invite when you make the tau fu fa please?
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Re: Searching for Chinese ingredients (Zurich area)

I'm pretty sure I saw tapioca pearls at Asia Store in Zurich HB (in the Sihlquaihalle, which is separate from the rest of the halls). I have to go back tomorrow, as my kimchi was moldy (YICK!). Other than that one instance, everything I've bought has been great. I will check the ingredients and get back to you.
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Um... I'll send some your way when I finally succeed to make it. (I've failed a couple of times with ready made soy milk...)
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Re: Searching for Chinese ingredients (Zurich area)

southiemiddles, I went there today but only found white ones - my recipe says black though. Will they turn black when I add water or will I have to look for different ones?
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Um... I'll send some your way when I finally succeed to make it. (I've failed a couple of times with ready made soy milk...)
Dont thank me yet. Wait till you've found them.

Do you eat the tau fu fa with you-tiao (dough sticks) in HKG too? Lien Hwa sells pre made ones, saves you the trouble of actually making them from scratch but you'll need to fry it up yourself which will stink up the kitchen.

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Hi everyone,
I just joined this forum because I need help finding some ingredients that I used to have no trouble finding in London but that are proving unattainable now that I'm in Zurich The things I'm looking for are:

- Lotus leaves
- gypsum powder, used to coagulate soy; I want to make a dessert called tau fu fa (cantonese) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douhua)
- tapioca pearls, for making bubble tea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_tea : the black bits at the bottom)

Any help is much appreciated! TIA
how do you make tau fu fa? i would love to make this!
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southiemiddles, I went there today but only found white ones - my recipe says black though. Will they turn black when I add water or will I have to look for different ones?
Honestly, other than tapioca pudding, I don't know anything about tapioca. I was just offering to look. Like other ingredients, they might be equal substitutions, but I'd google to make sure.
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southiemiddle, I just googled, and apparently it doesn't really make a difference - argh, I'll have to go back then
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