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Chinese / Asian grocery and other shopping - what are your favorites, and where do you find them?

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Chinese / Asian grocery and other shopping - what are your favorites, and where do you find them?

buttertart | | Dec 28, 2010 06:49 AM

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The above specifically references 2 stores in Manhattan Chinatown and is in reference to the January COTMs by Grace Young, but I am (and I know many others here are) a dedicated Asian grocery store shopper and love to find things I need (or just want). What are you on the lookout for? What have you found that you really love? What are your staples? Photos would be welcome, as there are a number of products that are primarily labeled in Asian languages. I'll hunt up a few of my favorites and post photos.
In the meantime, these are always on my hit parade: Kimlan soy sauce, Kimlan rice vinegar (really all Kimlan products), Evergreen sesame oil (a recent find) - both brands are from Taiwan which is where I learned to cook Chinese; Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce, recommended to me by a dear friend originally from HK; Tiparos fish sauce from Thailand; Gold Plum black (Chinkiang/Zhenjiang) vinegar; chestnuts from Hebei province in vacuum pouches, good in a million things and dirt cheap; dried spices like cumin and cloves; potato and other starches...there are many more I'm missing.
In addition these stores are gold mines for serving pieces and implements that are useful in all sorts of cooking (mesh colanders, foil stove burner protectors, pasta forks, all kinds of things).
How about you? What are you happy to get your hands on?

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