Hello Central Coast Chowhounders!
My family has recently moved up to the Central Coast , and they are big fans of the Indian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese food that I cook at home here in Tucson.
My mother has requested that I teach her how to make the dishes that her and my father love to eat when they visit me - the problem, however, is that we do not know where to find the groceries needed to make those recipes when I visit this upcoming weekend (2/1).
My Google searches have been dicey at best.
Any suggestions on decent Asian/Ethnic markets in the area? I'm looking for places that sell the following:
- Decent kimchi/oi sobaegi
- Soft tofu
- Dried baby sardines
- Tofu skins
- Gai lan/Choi sum
- A wide array of spices at a decent price (I'm not talking about what you can find in a conventional grocery store, where you get 1-2 ounces for $5+), such as turmeric, ground coriander, brown mustard seed, kalonji, garam masala, etc.
- Bhel chutney
- Msoor dahl
I don't mind driving a bit, and I understand that I might need to drive up to San Jose if nothing pops up, but I'm hoping Chowhound might be able to keep me from heading up there.
ANY help would be greatly appreciated, but if you need to ask me what most of these things are, you probably don't know what kind of place I'm looking for or if it exists in the area.
Thanks again, folks.