I spent some time exploring Quincy tonight after a brain fried day and saw that there's a Super 88 and a Kan Man Foods. I went in to the Kan Man foods and picked up some prepared foods in the line of a decent half peking duck, as well as some VERY tasty sweet and sour daikon, pickled mustard greens, and a coconut-milk bun. The produce looked good, and was cheap, so I'm definitely going to be experimenting with choys of all stripes. Their butcher shop looked great, with whole ox tails and pig tails, etc. (I've never seen a whole pigskin before-- I'll definitely be hauling out my copy of nose to tail eating.)-- but I was ovrewhelmed at the packaged goods, much like our Dear Mr. Leff was as his int'l foods market in NJ. Any reccomendations of brands or items to look for/ask for? I was intrigued by the cured sausages and other meats, but don't know if they're spicy, sweet, etc. There were lots of things to go back for-- durian, and quail eggs, and galangal, oh my. There didn't seem to be any large variety of japanese foods, though they had indian, malaysian, and vietnamese covered, on top of the chinese items. I'm not a seafood fan, so I didn't really pay attention to that part of the store, though there were many things in tanks.
Likewise, I drove back towards JP along Hancock Street and saw the Super 88-- but it was rush hour, and too hard to take a left against oncoming traffic. I've read other postings on this Board about the Super 88 in Allston, and am wondering how the one in Quincy stacks up, both against the Allston one, and the Kan Man foods.
I know very little about asian cooking, other than my bastardized pad thai that I make on occasion, so your help is much appreciated.