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Hong Kong Market, Allston

galleygirl | Aug 28, 2009 06:37 AM

Okay, we can officially call it Hong Kong Market, because that's what the cash registers have been reconfigured to, and that's where your money goes, even tho the banner draped outside says "Coming Soon"

I took a chance to go by yesterday afternoon, for a chunk of ginger, and walked out with three bags of groceries. Let me tell you, it's been quite a while since I could FIND three bags full at the end of Super88's reign.

Produce; still working on it. I could find only three bunches of disgusting cilantro, yet there were lovely pickling cukes.

Seafood; I'm gonnah wait...

But dry goods? Oh my! I had my choice of three different brands of dried Sichuan peppers, all nice and brightly colored; fresh, if ya know what I mean...
Hot Bean paste? Again, probably 5 different lines, many of which I hadn't seen before, all totally stocked in depth.
Lots of lines appeared Korean, or Taiwanese. For instance, I saw lots of selections of baby anchovies with different sauces, which I think of as Korean or at least Shainghainese.
"Auntie Mao" sauces are back in force..
I had my choice of Shaoxing wine for cooking, and even remembered I needed wood fungus when I walked past a choice of several brands.

I skirted past the meat department, and I did see both duck feet and duck legs, for those who asked.

My favorite things were two new lines of 'prepared foods" that seem to come from NY and NJ, ("Mommy's Gourmet"). Lots of 'cold dishes' and some panchan. Mock chicken, a wonderful dish of dried tofu and bamboo shoots in chili sauce (you MUST get this!), even kimchee and sesame noodles. As well, they had the typical 'tofu" noodles with chili sauce. Great selections of these...

I was standing in line when a Chinese woman came up behind me, also with a full basket. We just smiled at each other, "Isn't it great to have everything back?"

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