So taking everyone's advice, I went to Hows in Torrance. It was much more of a standard type store than I expected, but I'm glad to know that they have consistantly good quality. I didn't see any starfruit, though. ;)
There is a restaurant across the corner that used to be a Chinese seafood place, but it closed down and is now reopening as something else. I never went to the Chinese place - anyone know anything about the new place?