Boston has several major Asian markets. Mings in the South End has been a leading one for years. Mings opened a marvelous restaurant ajacent to the rear of its building. It is inexpensive, authentic and offers a wide variety of dishes. Even better --the place has a parking lot in the rear -- offering free parking in an area that is well patroled by meter maids.
Mings' competitor -- the 88 -- matches the market aspect of Mings -- but there is no room on its footprint for a restaurant. The solution was to go south -- a mile or so --to Dorchester and the South Bay development featuring a Home Depot, WalMart, etc. The 88 just opened a huge Asian foods supermarket that is amazing. They have announced a twelve restaurant food court on the second floor of their building. It is scheduled to open in Feb.
You can get there by taking the MBTA Red Line to Andrew and catching the free shuttle over to the South Bay Stop and Shop and walking a hundred yards from there. Driving there is easy heading south on Mass. Ave to the Edison Electric Depot and left into the South Bay --or via the Southeast Expressway down to the "South Bay" exit.
The 88 market is great fun -- as is Mings. You can get all kinds of Chinese finger food and pastries.
I'll report on the 88 restaurant court when its open in a couple of months. Meanwhile -- anyone who loves good Chinese food should try Mings resturant just over the Mass. Turnpike from Chinatown --two streets into the South End. The Portugese Fish Stew is a find. I love their fish! They will sell you a grouper based hot-pot for seven bucks or so --anytime. I tried the shrimp fresh out of their tank --but I can't find decent shrimp in Boston to save my soul. I used to eat the shrimp fresh off the boats in little towns along the Gulf of Mexico. Them days are gone forever :-(