Hi there, I'm from Chicago and there is no place to buy the red rice wine lees (hong zao -- not the dates) and I have been looking for blogs on where to find this paste for a long time. Before I found this chain, some of the references were years old -- I may be in New York sometime this fall and hope the restaurants/store/stalls still sell the paste. There is no place in Chicago to even get Fu Chow food at restaurants let alone the paste itself. I have cousins in Hong Kong and 2nd cousins in Taiwan, So getting Hong Zao is few and far between. Thanks for posting this info and I wish you all well in making those great dishes.