What’s better than coming across a whole new, delicious, and noteworthy food-find? With its endless neighborhoods and diverse ethnic enclaves, Philadelphia has surprises around every corner. Chances are pretty good you have some unexplored territory in your own neighborhood.
I take great pleasure in food shopping, and even more when I happen upon rare food items at the City’s many markets and restaurants. My personal background includes considerable experience in China, Central Asia, Mongolia, Southeast Asia and Turkey; I have an intense fascination with the foods of these and adjacent lands. The point of this blog is to highlight some of the hidden specialties I’ve found in Philadelphia… unique culinary items and legacies of Asia.
This is also meant to be a resource for people to locate hard-to-find items. Many shops are not listed with Google, and shops go out of business from time to time–and sometimes they are replaced by new shops. I find that many markets have something unique or unusual that they offer, and it is fun to explore.
Maybe someday this will be a semi-comprehensive list of Asian Markets of Philadelphia, but for now it is more highlights and notable finds (from my perspective).
David Dettmann, Philadelphia