Category Archives: – Featured Markets

Fenugreek, a delicious herb/vegetable

Fenugreek has long been used in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia in cooking and medicine. Today in the US it is perhaps best known as a spice component of cuisines of India, but it also has an … Continue reading

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Besan flour and Burmese chickpea tofu

Yesterday I had an exciting new food experience with a starch jelly common in Myanmar. There it is commonly referred to as “tofu” တိုဖူး, though it isn’t made from soy or processed in the ways in which beans are fermented … Continue reading

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Edible Southeast Asian tree and bush leaves

Happy New Year greetings! Although I wasn’t able to post as much as I would have liked to in 2016, I was able to continue my careful exploration of interesting finds at our MANY Asian markets in Philadelphia (I now … Continue reading

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(A few) Asian grocery options for Germantown and Manayunk

Regular readers of this blog may be surprised to find that for the past 3 years, I have been living about as far away from any Asian market as can possibly be in Philadelphia. Perhaps that has helped force me … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Plaza in Near Northeast Philadelphia

Regular readers will be familiar with the mission behind this blog… to showcase notable food finds from my exploration of markets of Philadelphia’s Asian diaspora communities. Since I moved to Philadelphia a few years ago I have spent a lot … Continue reading

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The fresh herb section

Fresh herbs are absolutely key for several Southeast Asian cooking styles. In particular, culinary traditions of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam have firm foundations on green herbs. In most cases fresh herbs will be the variable that will take a dish from mediocre to extraordinary. This post highlights common herbs with a visual directory. Continue reading

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Unusual food finds at Cousin’s Supermarket in North Philly

Cousin’s, a Philadelphia institution since 1976, is a very unique supermarket. It has a commendable selection of attractive produce, and aisle upon aisle of fascinating non-perishables from all around the globe. Just to be clear, Cousin’s is not an Asia-focused … Continue reading

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