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What is good to by from ASIAN store and What not?

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Created December 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I just passed the asian store. I see a lot of sea meat, soy sauces and herbs. By chooese i experienced that the food there contains sometimes additives. Or it isnt good quality.

What do you buy at asian stores and What better somewhere alese?

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on December 25, 2010
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There was one stories, on herbs and thing from china wich where chemical contaminated with something. I know there are great herbs, and soup mixtures. The goji berries arent good. Freshherbs are great there. Sometimes i find nice fruits as well. Is the coconut water, very fresh? Is it canned? I think there maybe also chemical traces in products from china.

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on December 25, 2010
at 09:37 PM

How do you know the Ghee is well. I saw one in a golden tin box. With patured cows printed on, and arabian letters.

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on December 24, 2010
at 02:01 AM

Great answer. Like other groceries, shop the edges, stay out of the middle (mostly.) Sometimes there are fantastic buys on produce. I just bought a pile of beautiful snow peas at 99 cents/lb. Fresh young coconuts are fabulous. Indian markets have great prices on nuts, and if you eat dairy desi (country) yogurt is almost as good as Greek yogurt. Sheets of toasted nori can be used as "sandwich" wrappers.

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on December 23, 2010
at 07:56 PM

I agree completely. I just wanted to add dried mushrooms. You can't beat an asian market's price on those.

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on December 23, 2010
at 05:19 PM

Most soy sauce has wheat

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on December 23, 2010
at 05:12 PM

Depends on what Asian cuisine you want to cook

  • all veg and fruit are pretty decent, though usually not long lasting.
  • condiments (brown rice vinegar, sesame oil, curry paste)
  • spices are much cheaper than the regular grocer
  • frozen or fresh fish if wild caught, canned sardines in tomato
  • coconut water and milk
  • ghee from India
  • meat is suspect, but they usually have pretty good prices on duck
  • frozen or fresh root veg like yucca and cassava
  • pork belly (if you cant get pastured) usually with the skin on :)
  • sweet asian tableware, chopsticks--if your gonna do it, do it big!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on December 24, 2010
at 02:01 AM

Great answer. Like other groceries, shop the edges, stay out of the middle (mostly.) Sometimes there are fantastic buys on produce. I just bought a pile of beautiful snow peas at 99 cents/lb. Fresh young coconuts are fabulous. Indian markets have great prices on nuts, and if you eat dairy desi (country) yogurt is almost as good as Greek yogurt. Sheets of toasted nori can be used as "sandwich" wrappers.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 25, 2010
at 09:37 PM

How do you know the Ghee is well. I saw one in a golden tin box. With patured cows printed on, and arabian letters.

Bc2110309df459e4fd6c8dab58e364ab

(1096)

on December 23, 2010
at 07:56 PM

I agree completely. I just wanted to add dried mushrooms. You can't beat an asian market's price on those.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 25, 2010
at 09:41 PM

There was one stories, on herbs and thing from china wich where chemical contaminated with something. I know there are great herbs, and soup mixtures. The goji berries arent good. Freshherbs are great there. Sometimes i find nice fruits as well. Is the coconut water, very fresh? Is it canned? I think there maybe also chemical traces in products from china.

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on December 23, 2010
at 06:06 PM

You just have to read labels. Especiall look out for soy, MSG. Be wary of any meat, especially dried/preserved. My closeby market also has african/caribean food, so I get great fresh plantain chips and palm oil and shea butter(not food). Frankfries is right. I would add that an asian market is a great place to find alternative starch products. Sweet potato noodles, tapioca products, cassava, taro, lotus root, etc. Vinegar, Fish sauce, soy sauce, tea, and possibly other paleo products you would not suspect are lurking in an asian market; you just have to be smart.

They also frequently have great kitchen utensils, lunchboxes, teapots, ointments, herbal medicines, and if you are lucky, mogwais(just don't feed atfer midnight). You might also get a good deal on a camera or DVD player.

Matt

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on February 22, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Here are some things I stock up on at my local Japanese grocery:

  • Shirataki noodles (yam-based)

  • Kimchi (no MSG)

  • Seaweeds (nori, hijiki, wakame, kombu, etc.)

  • Sashimi

  • Natto

  • Pickles (especially daikon!)

  • Giant bowls (really made for ramen soup, but do nicely with my GROKpot concoctions!)

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on February 22, 2011
at 08:20 PM

I shop at Asian grocery market all the time, especially for the veggies (various bok choy, chinese kale etc) - prices are much cheaper than American veggies and reasonable. Just skip the ready to use sauces (oyster sauce, preserved veggies etc) and buy fresh herbs and spices. They also have great selection of tubers - cassava, Chinese yucca root, arrow roots, lotus root, purple yams, sweet potatoes etc. Also try Asian eggplants (purple color) - they're great!

For meat, I usually buy it from Mediterranean market cause all their meat is halal - i know it's doesn't mean grass fed/organic/free range, but at least make me feel better than getting conventional meat from chain grocery stores.

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on December 27, 2010
at 03:07 AM

I tend to get fruits and vegetables, kimchi, canned fish, stuff like that. I'm kind of picky with that stuff, though, so I wind up trolling the aisles for an hour before only buying two things. I bet they just love me there.

I'd say my primary advice is to read labels and then not entirely trust them. MSG is very common in Asian cuisine because they consider it a spice (they actually sell just flat out MSG at most of them, I saw it advertised as "umami spice"). The first time I went to one I made the mistake of buying dried fish that wound up being loaded with sugar... it was erroneously labeled as having no carbs.

Not that I think most people here are going to be buying a bunch of packaged stuff, but if you do, be observant.

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on December 24, 2010
at 02:05 AM

I am a huge fan of Asian food but Id be careful with some of the meat from those stores. Ive never felt worse than after eating the pork and beef I used to buy from the Korean market in K-Town. That being said 99 Ranch has great lamb that Ive been told is grass fed. I also buy seaweed (iodine) from them.

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