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Late last summer, we tried to replenish our supply of lime leaves. We went to both big supermarkets in Chinatown, T&T, the Korean supermarket (that sells other Asian foods as well) on Bloor. But no.
No lime leaves to be seen. Until yesterday!
Because so many of the people working in these stores speak zero English, we didn’t know how to ask for it.
But now, armed with this photo, we will be able to.
Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix, jeruk purut, makrut) […]
Chinese(Cantonese): 酸柑 [syùn gàm] Syun gam
Chinese (Mandarin): 酸柑 [suān gān] Suan gan
Hindi: माल्टा Malta
Thai: มะกรูด, ลูกมะกูด, ใบมะกรูด Makrut, Magrood, Makut, Magood; Bai makrut (leaves); Luk makrut (fruits)
The leaves, which have a characteristic shape due to their winged petioles, which almost look like leaves themselves; if available, the fruits, especially the fruit skin, may also be used. […] [K]affir lime leaves are a very popular spice in Thailand; their characteristic flavour appears in soups, stir-fries or curries
– Gernot Katzer, Spice Pages | Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix)
Ha! It never occurred to us to try in IndiaTown!