Had dim sum with a couple of Chowhounds and their families at the Phoenix a couple of Sundays ago, enjoyable lunch, very good dim sum, but that's not the reason for my post, which is Chinatown Market a couple of doors East of the Phoenix.
Chinatown Market is bright and clean with a nice selection of vegetables, I bought baby bok choi and kohlrabi, live fish counter, with tanks lining the back wall, and fresh meats. There are dried meats such as duck legs and squab, actually, I don't think I have seen dried squab before, not that I remember. In the seldom seen category Chinatown Market's fish section had live turtles, they looked to be over a foot in length, live razor clams and a tank of frogs.
As I was leaving one of the managers inquired, in clear concise English, if I had found everything I needed. I took the opportunity to inquire about her preferred method of frog preparation, which was quartered and stir-fried hot and fast with garlic. She went on to say that the frogs are cleaned, including skinned, in the market, and that frog, like squid, needs to be either cooked very quickly or long and slow, nothing in-between or the frogs will be tough. She also offered that Chinese, as opposed to most non-Chinese, eat the whole frog, not just the legs.
Chinatown Market offered samples of pot stickers, ok, but not tempting in the least, and Chinese sausage, which was a little more interesting as one of the offerings was Chinese sausage made with duck liver and pork. The duck liver gave the sausage a richer flavor with a slight wild game note. Chinese sausage w/duck liver was quite good and I bought a package.
Chinatown Market is a nice addition to Chinatown, I've been back twice since my first visit.
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Chicago, IL 60616
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