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I live in SoCal (Orange) and have a shopping problem. I love Phò and would really like to try a good recipe for it. My problem is that the best rated recipes for it (on this site and several others) call for the use of cardamom pods. I have found whole cardamom seeds and also ground cardamom - however, through extensive online research I've found that the consensus is that there is no substitute for using the whole pod as regards to flavor. My problem is that I have no idea where to find it! I've looked in all of the local big chain supermarkets (Ralphs, Stater Bros., Vons, Albertsons, etc...) as well as Mexican and Asian supermarkets. Would it be worth it to try finding a middle eastern store?? I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Last updated: Nov. 27, 2012 2:49 pm
Posted: Nov. 17, 2012 11:27 pm
Answered by: mimosa
Nov. 18, 2012 12:27 am
Have you thought about ordering them online? It can really beat running around all over to find something. Penzey's has a great reputation for their products and service.
Nov. 18, 2012 12:29 am
Ha mimosa, I was just getting the site for her:
Nov. 18, 2012 12:30 am
If you don't have a Penzey's near you check any local spice shop, or order them online :)
Nov. 18, 2012 2:17 am
If you have a local Indian market you should be able to purchase cardamom there.
Nov. 18, 2012 8:02 am

I googled india stores in your area and there seems to be a few. Here is a sweet and spice store in Tustin that I bet has them too.
Answered by: copperroxs
Nov. 18, 2012 12:41 am
If u go 2 u will find cardamon in every form available. God bless & happy baking!
Nov. 18, 2012 9:36 am
Thanks everyone for all of your help. I'm near Tustin so I may go there as koriekiss suggested. If they don't I may be forced to order online - I've never ordered any foodstuffs online before!
Answered by: Runnergirl
Nov. 18, 2012 6:12 pm
I live in OC as well and I would try Ranch 99. The only one I know about is in Anaheim. Also in Anaheim are a lot of middle eastern markets on Brookhurts and magnolia.
Nov. 20, 2012 9:14 am
Thanx. I've been to 99 Ranch Market (that very one actually!) and they didn't carry any. They do have spice bags just for making Pho but none of them have cardamom in them. It looks as though I'll be making it with ground cardamom if I use any at all. The thing is that I don't know if it's the right cardamom! Apparently there is white, green and black cardamom (don't know if that refers to the pod color or the seed color) and I haven't a clue if there is a big taste difference between them. The spice jars never seem to specify color and since the color may only describe the pod and not the seed, I just don't know. Am I over thinking this?!? I keep having flashbacks to the one time I used sweet basil in a tomato sauce instead of basil and it just came out wrong! Anyway, it looks as though I won't be making this now till after Thanksgiving so maybe I'll still come across something. Thanks for all the help.
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Nov. 20, 2012 10:11 am Steamy Kitchen has a saucy little mouth and tude so don't read if you might be offended..... all that said... A reviewer of one of the Pho recipes on AR mentioned using cubes. We decided to try. Got to the Asian mkt and there were so many. Then I noticed the paste base. So many. We picked one of each and hands down the paste base was FAR better than the cubes. I DO appreciate making it all from scratch, I did one time, but I do use the paste. GIA VI NAU PHO BO. It does have msg so might not be for you but we do like it. I reconstitute it and chill then skim fat otherwise it's too fatty for us. As mentioned Penzey's should have the cardamom.
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