Last friday on may long way out to naperville, I stopped by the Diho market in westmont. It's at the intersection of rt. 83 and ogden avenue.
Diho advertises itself as "Largest oriental groceries chain store in the U.S.A." and it is pretty large, kinda like a chinatown sq store on steroids. (I kinda doubt the "largest" claim though - it probably depends on how oriental is defined) It is very focused on chinese products and well-stocked. Among the other unusual products for sale was durian , however I wouldn't say that it carries a lot more than some of the chinatown sq stores. They're just displayed in a more spacious setting.
For lunch, I stopped by the food court next door in the "international mall". There are three little stalls (the fourth-house of formosa was for rent)there and a kind of sad empty sitting area with funky naugahyde lounge seats. I took my place with a number of folks ordering in chinese (sorry i cannot distinguish cantonese, mandarin etc.) and a couple office workers getting kung pao chicken. The seafood house had some interesting items on the menu including a number of eel dishes and a few taiwanese specials. I ordered of the hand written specials behind the counter. pork and bean curd with fresh chives, came with rice and hot and sour soup. The soup was over cornstarched boring stuff but the entree was really pretty nice, nicely flavored pork, that funky tofu they use in that dish, and lots of very fresh chives. For $4.65 a real bargain. When the counter woman had asked if i wanted it spicy i answered yes and it had a little kick to it, i think next time i might get it not spicy to more enjoy the chive flavor. The dumpling house looked interesting and offered a number of different types of dumplings to eat in or to order frozen to take home. I got an order of 10 small shrimp and pork and chive dumplings to eat there (yeah, i was on a chive kick). I guess i should have been clued in by the frozen option on the menu and the fact that there wasn't much turnover. Dumplings tasted as if they had been recently frozen, and the wrappers were a little too doughy for my tastes. FWIW, the dumpling house printed menu indicates that they have taiwanese breakfast items on sunday mornings (soy milk, crullers)
Next door to the food court and store is an ouptost of triple crown seafood that serves dim sum daily. I took a peek in, but carts were obscured from view. It was packed though.
as I continued along ogden and out to naperville I noticed a couple places that looked interesting and wondered if anyone had been:
Cafe nami - "french and japanese bistro"
the golden duck - "bohemian food"
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