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Shopping At Asian Markets

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I stopped into a big Asian market here in NYC today. Quite the spectacle, very impressive. The problem is that a huge amount of the merchandise has ingredients that are not Paleo compatible. I thought there would be a large variety of seaweed and I was right but a lot of it had sulphur dioxide.

What items do you guys get at these markets? These seasoned anchovy crisps with sesame looked interesting and only had a little bit of sugar. Maybe I'll get some next time. They had a great looking produce section as well.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 06, 2012
at 11:53 PM

They are purple on the inside and they taste better than the regular orange sweet potatoes in my opinion. I don't know if I have ever eaten a Japanese yam before so I can't comment on their differences. Here is a picture of the Okinawan yam: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Dictionary/O/Okinawan-sweet-potato-6310.aspx

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:29 PM

That's in the freezer section?

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I've really come to prefer the asian yams over american ones. Less sweet and more starchy.

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on March 06, 2012
at 04:03 AM

I've heard about the Okinawan spuds. Are they great? Are they different from the Japanese Yams? I like the JY's better than the reddish types.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:57 AM

I LOVE Ranch 99!!! You still have to read all the ingredients but the meat selection is amazing. Hmmmm...I think it is about time for some Paleo Green Papaya salad.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:57 AM

There were some really nicely priced meats at the market today,but this isn't Whole Foods, there weren't a lot of "Grass Fed" signs. Lamb was very reasonable and I was thinking, isn't virtually all lamb grass fed? One doesn't think of feed lots when pondering lamb.

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:05 AM

Greymouser, I don't know why looking at your avatar is bringing some strong feelings of nostalgia...

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Ah, I heard about that. I'm not planning on reading/seeing that anytime soon...

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:56 AM

I just ate a Japanese yam I got at the market. They had lots of bok Choy, different types. They looked great.

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I'm off eels after seeing "The Tin Drummer". Couldn't do it.

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:53 AM

+1 for eel, my favourite!

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:55 AM

haha, RSB, I count chopsticks work as "gymnastics skillwork" for crossfit... I need all the coordination help I can get.

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Are you sure the chopsticks are Paleo approved? I'm not sure how bad the sulphur dioxide is if at all. It just sounds like something we shouldn't eat.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 06, 2012
at 04:01 AM

I usually get beef bones, white tea, fish sauce, yellow onions, plantains, and Okinawan sweet potatoes when I visit Asian markets.

Dcf355a2a13a1cdac6b8932a145fbd9d

(278)

on March 06, 2012
at 04:03 AM

I've heard about the Okinawan spuds. Are they great? Are they different from the Japanese Yams? I like the JY's better than the reddish types.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 06, 2012
at 11:53 PM

They are purple on the inside and they taste better than the regular orange sweet potatoes in my opinion. I don't know if I have ever eaten a Japanese yam before so I can't comment on their differences. Here is a picture of the Okinawan yam: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Dictionary/O/Okinawan-sweet-potato-6310.aspx

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I would be very very careful eating foods from Asia, especially from China and now Japan. Environmental factors.

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:36 AM

Bok choy, sweet potatoes, coconuts, squashes, leeks, green tea, duck!

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:53 AM

I frequent Asian markets a lot (since I am Asian :P). I usually get some Asian varieties of vegetables, fresh fish (especially eel!!) and duck/quail eggs.

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:53 AM

+1 for eel, my favourite!

Dcf355a2a13a1cdac6b8932a145fbd9d

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I'm off eels after seeing "The Tin Drummer". Couldn't do it.

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(10663)

on March 06, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Ah, I heard about that. I'm not planning on reading/seeing that anytime soon...

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Produce, especially asian sweet potatoes, white radishes, ginger, bok choy. Fresh fish and shellfish, which they clean for you on the spot. Best prices in town.

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I've really come to prefer the asian yams over american ones. Less sweet and more starchy.

Dcf355a2a13a1cdac6b8932a145fbd9d

(278)

on March 06, 2012
at 01:56 AM

I just ate a Japanese yam I got at the market. They had lots of bok Choy, different types. They looked great.

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on March 06, 2012
at 05:47 PM

We shop at Asian markets all the time, as my wife is Vietnamese. Veggies! Tons of mint, bok choy, other veggies I don't bother with the name of.

Best place for fish, eel, shrimp, crab, ect.

Fish Sauce (watch for wheat), Canned Coconut Milk, Curry.

Rice, rice noodles, rice papers. You haven???t lived until you roll up lettuce, mint, cucumber, and grilled beef in rice paper.

Dried garlic, shallots, Pho spices.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I buy everything to make fresh thai curry and tom kha soup: lemon grass, Galangal root, Kaffir Lime, fish sauce, dried chilies, ginger.

Always buy young coconuts there to crack open for the coconut water. The cheapest place in town and the same brand as they sell at whole foods. I get them for about $1 each where they are selling them for $3 a pop at whole foods. Such a rip off.

Produce is good quality and cheaper than the super market, but I still buy most of my produce at the farmers market. Sometimes there is stuff they don't have at the farmers market so I get it at the asian market.

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on March 06, 2012
at 11:19 AM

Creamed coconut, in solid blocks.
It'll change your life.

Dcf355a2a13a1cdac6b8932a145fbd9d

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:29 PM

That's in the freezer section?

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on March 06, 2012
at 04:55 AM

Fish heads. Chicken feet. Frozen duck.

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on March 06, 2012
at 04:12 AM

+1 on all the produce.

Also, interesting herbs and seasonings. I love to go to Indian markets for low priced spices and seasoning mixes.

+1 on coconut milk, as well as coconut flakes.

Also, you can often get really high quality (sashimi grade) fish at Japanese markets.

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:57 AM

There is a 99 Ranch about 10 minutes from my apartment. I usually get:

  • Huge variety of greens, bok choy, gai lan, etc
  • Huge variety of fruit - lots of coconuts and sometimes I buy boxes of mangos
  • Huge variety of fish - Sardines, Mackerel, Anchovies. Unfortunately many of the other fish are farmed especially salmon.
  • Huge variety of meat - goat, lamb, duck, offal. Sometimes the meat area smells like wet dog, so it's a bit of a turn off.

And best of all, it's really cheap.

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:57 AM

I LOVE Ranch 99!!! You still have to read all the ingredients but the meat selection is amazing. Hmmmm...I think it is about time for some Paleo Green Papaya salad.

Dcf355a2a13a1cdac6b8932a145fbd9d

(278)

on March 06, 2012
at 03:57 AM

There were some really nicely priced meats at the market today,but this isn't Whole Foods, there weren't a lot of "Grass Fed" signs. Lamb was very reasonable and I was thinking, isn't virtually all lamb grass fed? One doesn't think of feed lots when pondering lamb.

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on March 06, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Insects and dried fish!

Yeah ... sadly a lot of those dried, canned, preserved veggies and fruits have a lot of bad preservatives & additives.

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on March 06, 2012
at 02:05 AM

Greymouser, I don't know why looking at your avatar is bringing some strong feelings of nostalgia...

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Stock up on some organ meats if you can stomach/cook them, and some kimchi (if it's a Korean market) or other fermented sauces/products for those gut flora. Second on the seaweed and seafood.

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Love me some generic Asian markets. :)

  • Produce!
  • coconut milk- sometimes weird brands, but if you're willing to look through, you can usually find an option without too much "extra junk" in it
  • seaweed- honestly, I haven't actively checked for/avoided sulphur dioxide. What is it?!
  • rice / rice noodles, if I feel like making a cheater's pad thai
  • sesame seeds
  • chopsticks!

EDIT: I'm jealous of all you guys with fresh fish/seafood, but even in middle America, the frozen seafood and fish is cheaper here than at the supermarket.

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Are you sure the chopsticks are Paleo approved? I'm not sure how bad the sulphur dioxide is if at all. It just sounds like something we shouldn't eat.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on March 06, 2012
at 12:55 AM

haha, RSB, I count chopsticks work as "gymnastics skillwork" for crossfit... I need all the coordination help I can get.

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