In my eternal pursuit of that hard to find, unknown ingredient, I've been going to some of the ethnic grocery stores in Austin. I'd like to list them here, find others, and get feedback on ones that I haven't been to before. You can buy a gallon of something that you'll get 6 ounces of for the same price at Central Market or Whole Foods.
I have been to several of the asian markets, my current favorite on N Lamar: My Thanh (next to Kim Phung). Further south on Lamar is a Korean market - can't remember the name - with some of the same stuff but some different. It's just south of Koenig. Others that y'all know of?
Middle eastern - I like Pars Deli, at 183 and Burnet, but they've recently reduced the size of the market in favor of more table seating for the deli (the food there is REALLY good, and they have some authentic dishes other than gyros and the like). Of course, I love Phoenicia North, at Burnet N or 45th slightly.
There's a carribean restaurant that just opened up Burnet across the street, but I haven't been. How is that?
I believe that there is an Indian Market at 183 and Ohlen (Madina Market). I was in there a long time ago for mutton at lunch, and I looked through the store. Lot's of mysterious ingredients that I have to learn about. I got a big bag of turmeric that is seeming like it will last for the rest of my natural life.
I like to go to Fiesta when I need things like bananna leaves and achiote for mexican cooking. They also have live tilapia and other fish that you can't get anywhere else live.
Other nationalities or favorites?