I read about Richwell Market on Chowhound 6 or 7 months ago and have been meaning to stop in for a look around, last week I finally got the chance. Richwell Market is a fairly large Asian oriented grocery with three vendor-operated kiosks in the market, as well as dry goods, produce and refrigerated items.
The vendor kiosks were BBQ King, a bakery and a well-stocked meat and fish area. Actually, I could not tell if the meat and fish was store owned. Either way, this is a nicely stocked, clean, well run Asian grocery. The main reason that I am posting about Richwell is the fact that they Stock XO sauce, which I have never seen for sale in Chicago, and I have looked high and low. I also believe The Mayor of Chicago Chowhound, Vital Information, posted that he had difficulty finding XO sauce.
Richwell had two kinds, extra spicy and regular, in two sizes. Small was $6.95 and the large was $9.95, which, from what I understand, is inexpensive for XO sauce. From my brief web research on XO sauce there are many variations, some, such as the one I bought, contain dried shrimp and scallop, others, the more expensive kind, contain abalone and other more exotic sea creatures. The brand that Richwell carries is Lee Kum Kee.
If anyone knows of a local source for XO sauce, other than Lee Kum Kee brand, which is actually quite good, I would appreciate a heads up. Now if I could only find a local source for real wasabi root my week would be made.
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