Okay, I can't believe I was the last one to go, but Kam Man Center is truly amazing. One of my friends from the South Shore and I spent the whole afternoon there yesterday, and that was cutting it short...
Don't be fooled, like I was, and think that just because Super88 is your neighborhood market, there's nothing for you there...Beautiful, clean, fish tanks (I even bought a live tilapia that wasn't muddy!), about TWICE the selection of packaged goods (I bought TC a case of mushroom noodles that he had fallen in love with, but S88 had stopped carrying), a plethora of jars I didn't even know what to do with (but bought anyway), good frozen selection, prepared foods on one side, giftware, oh damn, I'm salivating again!
We did a walk-thro of the International Buffet, and were almost lured to lunch there (I'll be back with Mom), but instead, went with our plan to do Pho Yuen Dong. It was as good as everyone said it was; the only thing that didn’t compare with the Dorchester or Ctown Vietnamese was they didn't offer bee bo mon, or fish 7 ways...
The banh xieo we had was huge, hot, crisp and non-greasy. Great selection of greens. My friend had a combo bun, which she raved about, and was quite large. I had one of my bellwether dishes, Spicy sour fisherman soup, with catfish. Huge, tender pieces of fresh, not frozen catfish...maybe from the tanks next door? ;)
We ate WAYYYYYYYYYYtoo much.
We then proceeded to the mall-let next door (still a lot of empty spaces), and spent too much time looking at tchochkes at the Kam Man Marketplace, where I purchased some lovely wooden rice bowls from the high-priced pottery shop in the back corner...What a combo of Hello Kitty and cheap cooking ware...
Directions I had were excellent, posted, maybe by Slade, or one of the Sshore hounds last year...I’ll reprise them here....
“Since I live very close to Kam Man, I'll chime in here with directions to my house that I e-mail to friends but, modified to go to Kam Man. This is a much more direct route and you avoid many traffic lights. The following are directions from the North and from the South. Don't bother with the Super 88 in Quincy; It's rather smallish as it occupies what used to be a CVS.
From the North:
Take I93 south to route 3 south.
*** I93 splits. Route 3 will be the three left lanes. I93 will be the two right lanes. Big overhead sign, can’t miss it.
Take exit 18 (Washington St./Quincy Adams.
At the I93/R3 split stay right on the Route 3 lanes. Exit 18 is immediate after the 93/3 split.
The exit ramp will become 3 lanes, get to the far right lane to follow to Washington St./Braintree NOT Quincy Ctr.
At the traffic light take a left and get into right lane. (Chrysler dealer on right)
At first traffic light bear right onto Washington.
*** Do not take sharp right that goes behind the Chrysler dealer.
Follow Washington St to end (Franklin St).
Take left onto Franklin St and at blinking lights (first right) take right onto Kendrick Av.
Follow Kendrick Av to end (Quincy Av)
Take right onto Quincy Av and get in right lane.
The first traffic light is Kam Man. Make a right into the plaza.”