I did a grocery run in Chinatown today, picking up staples like char siu bao at the Mix Bakery and various roasted meats at the Hong Kong Eatery. I then went to the Thai Binh Market, only to find that it was closed down. Now, I haven't been to Chinatown in a while, so have no idea how long it's been gone, but anyone know what's going to spring up in that space?
Not wanting to walk to the Super 88, I went hunting for other Chinese groceries where I could pick up various sauces, pickled goodies, dried noodles, fresh vegetables, and such, and stumbled across the See Sun Market on Harrison north of Beech. Quite a bit smaller than Thai Binh and the Super 88, the See Sun Market had most of the staples, but far less variety than either of the other two. It does also have a smaller meat counter where they were selling char siu amongst other things. The BIG advantage of the See Sun Market in my mind is that it was far less crowded than the HKE or the other grocery stores generally are. No 10-15 minute wait to pay for your purchases, no hordes of people to have to maneuver around.
So, 2 questions:
1. Now that the Thai Binh is gone, where do most people shop for general Chinese staples (other than the Super 88)?
2. Has anyone tried the meat counter at the See Sun, and how does it compare to the HKE?
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