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Super 88 Malden review


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Super 88 Malden review

Mark Colan | Aug 2, 2005 07:29 PM

I'm used to the Dorchester store (Andrews Square exit from Route 93) which is enormous - almost Home Depot size - so in visiting Super 88 in Malden, I was a bit disappointed with size and selection. It's more like Super 22.

That said, it does have all the important things, and of course it's clean and well-kept (being new). The fish counter looks and smells good. Fish properly kept on ice. Reasonable prices. The lobsters and crabs looked good (I've seen livelier, but in Maine) and the tanks were sparkling clean (well, they're only a month old) and there was one dead crab in the tank.

If you're a Thai cook, you'll find nearly everything you might need for the basic dishes, including fresh lime leaves (but I did not see galanga, doesn't mean it's not there). My Indonesian friend was delighted to find Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce) that she's been looking for for some time.

Limes were 10/$1, cheap, but my favorite Singaporean frozen fish soup costs 15% more; maybe the price has gone up since I was in Dorchester two weeks ago. The red papaya was 20c more per pound; again maybe the price just went up.

I'll go to the Malden store for casual shopping, but I'll still go to Dorchester for the buzz of shopping in a real pan-Asian grocery. There's really nothing to compare it to... except maybe Kamman (219 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA 02169) which is an entirely different pan-Asian store.

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