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Old 03-13-2019, 12:53 PM   #1
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Shopping for unusual ingredients

A grocery store chain in my area closed last year. One of the stores, located in my city, was purchased by someone who owns an Asian grocery store in the area. It reopened recently with a large variety of unusual fruits, vegetables, meats and canned goods from Asia and South America. I wandered through it the other day and I'm really excited to have this kind of food more easily available now. DH likes their salad bar, so he goes there regularly for lunch and can pick up things for me.

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Fresh longans! Click image for larger version

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Old 03-13-2019, 12:58 PM   #2
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Dang it, hit the wrong button

Mangoes and papayas.
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So many roots.
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Who knew there are so many kinds of bananas?!
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Dried mushrooms.
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Lotsa beans.
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All kinds of seasonings.
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Fresh wrappers and noodles.
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That's oxtails on the top shelf. Less than $9 for a package of four.
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Old 03-13-2019, 01:04 PM   #3
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Nice! I love roots, especially burdock and lotus as tempura.
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I love stores like that. Dragnlaw and I went to Marché Sheng Tai, something similar. It's just under 5 km from where I live. I need to get there again.
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So wait, Taxy you and Dragn live close to each other?
That's cool!

GG, that market looks my kinda place!
I wish we had one nearer to us …
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So wait, Taxy you and Dragn live close to each other?
That's cool!

GG, that market looks my kinda place!
I wish we had one nearer to us …
I think Dragnlaw lives about 40 km from me. Not quite neighbours, but not a huge drive.
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24-25 miles, that's not bad at all.
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I love stores like that. Dragnlaw and I went to Marché Sheng Tai, something similar. It's just under 5 km from where I live. I need to get there again.
The really cool thing about this one is that it's about half "regular" grocery store items plus several aisles and refrigerator/freezer sections with more unusual ingredients. So you can get both in one place.
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I'm soooo jealous GG !! Dang, those are beautiful oxtails, and I hope you got some.
Did you happen to notice the price per pound? From the looks of them I'd guess they are lots less than the $6.lb I paid. They were worth every penny of that though.
I don't like ordinary banana's but those baby ones are delicious, and not easy to find in these parts.



So many fun foods to look at, you'll have a ball shopping there!
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The really cool thing about this one is that it's about half "regular" grocery store items plus several aisles and refrigerator/freezer sections with more unusual ingredients. So you can get both in one place.
That is cool, and handy. Makes shopping more fun.

The one near me has about half "ethnic" food. The rest is "regular groceries" and kitchen tools. There are spiders and woks and bamboo steamers and things I have no idea what are. I think I remember seeing rice cookers too.
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