Pet peeve on many Asian supermarkets: the atrocious disregard for expiry dates. Most recent example: I went to LAX-C, the "Asian Costco" on North Main Street near downtown. (The reason I was there: I had bought some tamarind paste at the India Spice store on Venice which had either gone bad - I didn't think that was possible with tamarind - or was simply a brand that tasted horrible.) It's a huge warehouse, very promising on the face of it - and I figured most stuff would be fresh given the high turnover and volume purchases from restaurants. But a lot of the stuff is ancient - one of the employees actually warned me away from buying some canned fruit which was almost ten years old! Sure, maybe it's safe, but do I want to take the risk? Why was this stuff still sitting on the shelves??
This situation seems like the norm rather than the exception - I'm sick of dusting off old bottles in these markets. Anyone have any favorite pan-asian markets somewhere in the mid-LA area where the items are uniformly fresh? (I exclude Japanese markets from this - most of the Japanese markets I've been to are fine.)