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Old 12-29-2006, 10:54 PM   #1
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I love asian markets.....

Today I found the coolest asian market! I got a dozen quail eggs for $1, thai basil for $0.50, 5 bunches of lemongrass for $1.19.. and a bunch of egg noodles for Ramen, soy sauce, and stocked up on 5 Spice. Price? $7. Yessssssssss! :)

Do you have a local hotspot you go to for good deals?

Tomorrow we're headed to the farmers market in San Francisco, which is ALWAYS a treat.

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Old 12-29-2006, 11:14 PM   #2
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Yes, there is a small Asian market in my suburban town. There is a giant Asian supermarket about 30-45 minutes away that has everything you could imagine along with a thousand things you didn't know existed.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:59 PM   #3
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I cant imagine eating the dried fish 'chips' they sell in bags like we eat potato chips! Those look totally weird! :X
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Old 12-30-2006, 12:42 AM   #4
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Today I found the coolest asian market! I got a dozen quail eggs for $1, thai basil for $0.50, 5 bunches of lemongrass for $1.19.. and a bunch of egg noodles for Ramen, soy sauce, and stocked up on 5 Spice. Price? $7. Yessssssssss! :)

Do you have a local hotspot you go to for good deals?

Tomorrow we're headed to the farmers market in San Francisco, which is ALWAYS a treat.
Well steinemates, on the outskirts of San Fransisco few would be surprised that there are great Asian markets. In the center of the country, it might take a little more seeking out but they might be more accessible than one would think. I am very sorry that I can't remember the name of the store in Memphis on Summer Ave. West of the Perimeter mall on the other side of the street. It is in a red strip mall type configuration with the grocery behind a restaurant. They don't advertise, but if you ask for something unavailable in one of the smaller Asian stores, you might be directed toward them.

My experience is that most of the time I am the only one in the store speaking English. This doesn't bother me because I've gotten used to it in Mexican and Egyptian markets.

In my opinion, this is the equivalent of urban harvesting of the best available products.
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Old 12-30-2006, 12:47 AM   #5
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I love getting a good price, and even better, I love trying new food. Are farmers (outdoor) markets abundant in Memphis? It's really starting to catch on here, and I couldn't be more excited about it
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Old 12-30-2006, 01:05 AM   #6
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I love getting a good price, and even better, I love trying new food. Are farmers (outdoor) markets abundant in Memphis? It's really starting to catch on here, and I couldn't be more excited about it
There are two, to my knowlegge. One is slightly suburban in the Agricenter in Germantown (if it isn't in Germantown's city limits, most local folks think of it as being there). The other I have never been to and so, I am not qualified to comment.
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Old 12-30-2006, 01:42 AM   #7
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Since you're near the Bay Area, you should check out the Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley if you haven't been there before - amazing produce and other unique items at decent prices.
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:07 AM   #8
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Stinemates: and stocked up on 5 Spice

What are the ingredients in your 5 Spice?

The 5 Spice that I have found has allspice instead of szechuan peppercorns.
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:13 AM   #9
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I cant imagine eating the dried fish 'chips' they sell in bags like we eat potato chips! Those look totally weird! :X

stinemates, if the chips are too hard for you, why don't you try deep frying them like the Asians do. You will be surprised what will become of them in the process!!
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:23 AM   #10
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Today I found the coolest asian market! I got a dozen quail eggs for $1, thai basil for $0.50, 5 bunches of lemongrass for $1.19.. and a bunch of egg noodles for Ramen, soy sauce, and stocked up on 5 Spice. Price? $7. Yessssssssss! :)

Do you have a local hotspot you go to for good deals?

Tomorrow we're headed to the farmers market in San Francisco, which is ALWAYS a treat.
Unfortunately over here, there are no good deals for Asian products. I have to pay premium prices at the supermarkets!
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