First stopped in little Asian market a few years ago. Was WARMLY greeted and WOWWED at varieties. Originally stopped iin cuz knew I'd need soy sauce soon. When I saw 6-8 brands with labels I couldn't read... trusted myself to the kindness of strangers! Asked which one (other than Kiko) should I try FIRST?? Actually brought in EMPTY bottle when I needed more, so would get store owners next recommendation.
HUGE variety of dried noodles... workiing my way thru them, told do WHATEVER I want with them... just butter, spaghetti sauce... haven't been steered wrong yet!
About ONLY place I buy eggs! JUMBOS... usually $1.50-1.99/doz everyday... told come on Tuesday cuz that's when they get shipment.
Fresh, tofu... dipped from big bucket in fridge case. LOVE "leeks"... kinda flat chive that's very garlicky... learned about them from former ESL student who grew up in CHina... out in boonies somewhere.
Always several different kinds of eggplants... little round green ones, long pale purple ones. Bought a 1 lb bag of "onions" CLEARLY marked as shallots for $1.50. Frozen/peeled edamame for $1.99. Something called "brown" sugar... coarse/dry/RAW sugar??
Store owners are GREAT! I feel very comfortable asking all my non-Asian questions... what's this and what do I do with it?
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