This new Asian supermarket recently opened up in Staten Island. It's on Forest Avenue in Mariner's Harbor, I think, about 1/2 mile past Richmond Avenue. To my knowledge this is the first such place on the Island. (There's also a "Chinese Super Market" on Bay Street in Clifton/Rosebank, but it's hardly "Super.") KM used to be a Waldbaum's, so it's quite big. I went on Thursday evening, about 20 minutes before they closed at 8, so I didn't get to check out everything, but it seems quite well stocked, perhaps comparable to the V&T in Hempstead on Long Island (although without the little food- and tchotchke-booths).
Although some of the aisles are partially stocked with products that are available in regular supermarkets, they also have a lot of products that seem otherwise hard to get ('round these parts). For example, in the refrigerated part, they had at least 10 different kinds of tofu, and the snack aisle had various rice crackers, shrimp chips, dried fruits and vegetables, wasabi peas, seaweed crackers, etc.) Also various kinds of canned drinks and packets of tea and other dried drinks were available next to the Coke products. I also remember seeing lotus root, long beans, various mushrooms, baby bok choi in the produce section.
It looked like they had a seafood and produce section in the back, but since it was close to closing time they were hosing it down. I had no time to check out the frozen aisle or the electronic gadgets. I'm planning to make another visit in the near future. One thing I found a bit odd was that they have a bunch of shopping carts in the parking lot, but I couldn't get one because they were all chained in. Maybe because they were about to close.
According to the plastic bag, there are other branches in Edison, NJ, East Hanover, NJ, and Quincy, MA. I recommend that my fellow Islanders check this place out. Hopefully we can support a place like this and keep it in business, ultimately leading to a more widely varied food landscape.
Take care, Anna
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