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Where to find curry leaves in Manila?

I’m sure this is every salted egg chips addict’s question. Where can you actually find curry leaves in Manila? Or in the Philippines?

Curry leaves is an important ingredient in salted egg recipes. It gives that little oomph that you are looking for. I don’t know where these recipes originated, maybe in Chinese countries, but that don’t matter anymore. What matters is that it tastes great haha!

I’ve been in search for curry leaves after I came back from Singapore last year. My cousin made me eat salted egg crabs with buns in Newton Hawker Center, and I was hooked. I wanted to eat all of it, but I felt a bit dizzy haha! She also kept posting salted egg recipes on Facebook like this one. Then the salted egg chips craze hit the Philippines. There’s salted egg chips here and there, but it’s too pricey. It only has four ingredients — salted egg yolks, butter, curry leaves, and chips. Everything is easy to find, except for the greens.

I’ve crowdsourced before and many told me there’s curry leaves in Puregold supermarkets. So whenever I go to Puregold, I go to the veggie section to check if they have. But there’s none. Sometimes, I even go to Puregold to check if there’s curry leaves! Huhubels.

I’m addicted to going to Divisoria. I go there almost every week! I knew that there’s this place in Paco where they sell Indian spices and I thought, maybe they have curry leaves there. So a week ago when I was on my way to Divi, I told the driver to stop near the Indian temple. And lo and behold, THEY HAVE CURRY LEAVES!

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I asked immediately how many packs they have and the boy said they have six packs remaining. I said I’m gonna get them all before I even bothered to know how much it was. They sell it for P20 per pack. P20!!!

Here’s the exact location of the stalls. They’re just on the roadside across Unilever along UN Avenue. They sell vegetables as well as other spices.

location

After my Divi errands, I went to the supermarket to buy all the needed ingredients. I was able to make salted egg chips in under 20 minutes!

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TIPS:

1. Make a batch that you can finish eating within the day. I noticed that the batch I made turned soft the next day. Maybe because I used packed potato chips.

2. Dry your remaining curry leaves. Well, I hoarded way too many and I thought maybe I should dry them because in the recipe that I followed, they cooked the leaves in a hot pan without oil to dry it. So now I have a tray full of dry curry leaves.

So there, I hope you find them! What other salted egg recipe would you like to make? Can you share the recipe with me? Thanks!

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Joy is a freelance copywriter, social media manager, and web developer. She majored in Journalism in college, but never got to work as a journalist. She is the eldest among four siblings and loves to cook. She is married to Jeff who she met on Twitter in 2010. They now have a son they fondly call Taglet.

15 Comments

  1. misistagle says

    Hi Drei! I just used the supermarket chips. Either Jack n Jill or Oishi. 🙂

  2. Renee says

    I bought a plant at the salcedo market a couple of years ago. Best to plant them yourself.

  3. Have you bought your own plant? Very easy to grow. It’s wonderful to flavor oil as you fry them to a crisp. Yumyum!

  4. Kaye says

    Thank u for sharing..ive been looking for these leaves as well!

  5. Am sorry my comment did not get through. I previously said i can supply you a lot of curry leaves as we have many trees in the farm in Batangas. I am working in an office near QC Circle, so it would be easy to see me.

  6. Sonia Cabalcar Rojo says

    I’m starting to grow my own curry plant. Glad to know other ways to use it.

    • misistagle says

      Try messaging Andrea B. Agillon (her comment is above). I think she grows curry plant in Batangas. 🙂

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