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Old 01-05-2009, 12:14 PM   #11
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BC and GB are right!

I can remember a time when the only "Chinese" food in the grocery store was cans of LaChoy Chow Mein with a separate cans of fried noodles taped on top.

Now the selection is MUCH bigger and fresh produce used in Asian cooking is available as well.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:46 PM   #12
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Yikes! If we all become big box shoppers things like oyster sauce will disappear. Please go to your neighborhood Asian grocer and support them. By the way my rice is far cheaper there than even cosco.
Oyster sauce will probably not disappear, but neighborhood grocery's, Asian or not, are already losing ground to "big box" stores. I can buy Asian ingredients in two of the local chain stores, but still prefer driving a bit to visit the Asian Market.
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:10 PM   #13
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Yikes! If we all become big box shoppers things like oyster sauce will disappear. Please go to your neighborhood Asian grocer and support them. By the way my rice is far cheaper there than even cosco.

I was thinking that too, and also, If we all become big box shoppers, grocery stores will disappear. Walmart has already sent millions of small businesses into extinction by underselling them at the same time they're locking their employees in the stores overnight and shorting them on overtime and benefits! Oh dear, don't get me started!
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:01 PM   #14
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I see both points of the argument... however, in the majority of cases, when I visit my Asian grocers, I will tell you that 90% of the people shopping there are of Asian background. The same when I visit the Latin markets. The vast majority of their business comes from their own ethnic community in the city. The other shoppers there are probably "foodies". Now, I am not disagreeing with any viewpoints, but I am offering my personal observations in the last three cities I have lived in. And by the way, no Wal Mart can beat the prices or even come close to the quality or selection of the produce at my ethnic grocer.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:00 PM   #15
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Hello! I was on the ethnic forum last night asking if anyone had a good recipe for Chinese restuarant style Broccoli Chicken, and someone gave me a recipe that looks pretty good. However, it does call for oyster sauce. Is this something that I can buy at a regular grocery store? I usually shop at Walmart because the groceries seem to be the most economical there. Thanks for your input! :)
You can substitute it for soy sauce.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:07 PM   #16
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We are truly blessed being this close to a large urban area.. we have Chinese, Thai, Italian, Polish, Czech, Korean, and Mexican grocery stores near us. I never shop for food at a box store, their quality is no where near what I can get at these little stores, and the little stores are much cheaper as well.
For some reason, our Wal Mart just doesn't stock much at all in their grocery section which is all of two isles. However, the Target does have a very large grocery section taking up a third of their space. However, it is still more expensive than the small ethnic grocery stores.
But again, we have them here so it is an option for us. If I lived in an area with out them, I would take what I could get and buy where I could get it. I do like to support mom and pop stores, as long as they are not trying to be trendy and marking their prices up 2 to 3 times what others are, but if you don't have any in your area then I don't see how you are hurting them. Hard to hurt something that isn't there.
What I don't truly get is all the people out here that show Jewel, massively expensive chain store that even Target beats in price!
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:12 PM   #17
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You can substitute it for soy sauce.
I love ya Jeekinz, but I would never sub soy sauce for oyster sauce. The only thing they have in common IMO is salt. Their flavors are quite different.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:13 PM   #18
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The only place we can get oyster sauce here is at Wal- Mart. We live so far in the boonies that light has to be shipped in. No ethnic markets of any sort, which I was used to visiting when we lived in Washington, D.C.
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You can substitute it for soy sauce.
Jeekinz, are you saying that you can use soy sauce instead of oyster sauce?

True, you can, but they don't taste anything alike. Kinda like saying if you don't have potatoes, you can use sweet potatoes. completely different flavor results.
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We live so far in the boonies that light has to be shipped in.


Be careful, some marketing guru will latch onto that and next thing you know it will be available in your local grocery store next to the bottled water!!!
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