Do you enjoy trying new things? Then you should try shopping at your local Asian Markets! You will definitely find spices and food that your local grocery store will not have. Plus, you will find some great deals! Here is What to Buy at the Asian Grocery Market!
What to Buy at the Asian Grocery Market
My local grocery store has a wide variety of food choices and I can generally find what the recipe calls for. But what about when you need that authentic flavor? As competitive as the pricing can be at the grocery store the pricing at the Asian Market will often beat their larger store. So let me share 15 of the Best Items to Buy at Your Local Asian Market!
1. Selection at the Local Asian Market
Have you walked the aisles of the Asian Marget? The packaging will look different and it might be hard figuring out all the ingredients but I would encourage you to ask the staff. Your local Asian Market is going to have spices, fresh produce, seafood, meat, supplies and so much more!
2. Fresh Produce
Have you seen the fresh produce that’s available at your local Asian Market? You will be able to find fruits and veggies that your local grocery store doesn’t keep in stock. They may not have all the fruits and veggies that are on your list but definitely worth looking at!
My local Asian Market is not a huge store but they have a great selection of Noodles and Rice! Sometimes my recipes call for a specific noodle and I can usually find it at my market. You can really save on rice if you are willing to buy the larger bags.
4. Ramen Noodles
My son loves ramen so I like finding new ones for him to try at the Asian Market. I know the top brands at my local grocery store are really cheap (I lived on them in college) but the ones at your market will taste so much better! If you like spicy food then check out the ramen selection!
The meat selection is going to vary depending on location but one thing that you will find at most locations is bones. Trust me, if you are making a soup broth then bones provide a lot of flavors! My local grocery store does not have them packaged up and ready to go but the Asian Market does!
If you love seafood then make sure to check out your local Asian Market! They will have crab, fresh fish, lobster and more! Mine even had crawfish available. Many markets have fish tanks where you can pick out dinner. Check to see if they have an option to have yours cut and cleaned. There’s usually a small fee for that but it’s worth it.
The Asian Market is going to have a fun selection of yummy snacks! Grab a box of Pocky! They are a chocolate-covered cookie on a stick that is really popular! I love all the different snack options that stock the shelves.
8. Chopsticks and Utensils
Head over to your local Asian Market and save on kitchen utensils! A bamboo spatula cost around $6 at Amazon but just $2-$3 at my market! They have a great selection of chopsticks that are reasonably priced.
9. Frozen Food
Check out that Frozen Food section at your local market! You will find frozen seafood, egg rolls, edamame, and so much more! The best part is the price! The deals in frozen food selection are much better than the grocery store.
Skip the grocery store and head to the Asian Market to find a huge selection of tea! You will find an entire aisle dedicated to just tea! They have loose-leaf and bagged tea with a wide variety of green tea and other flavors! Don’t forget the teapot section!
11. Condiments and Sauces
When I peruse the aisles at my local grocery store I know where to find soy sauce. They will have a few options and it’s usually regular or low-sodium options. Expand your knowledge of sauces at the Asian Market! You will find 10-15 choices of just soy sauce and it’s going to be cheaper! Grab some other sauces while you are there. They have chili oil, fish sauce, mustard, sesame oil, and so much more!
One of the best items to buy at Asian Markets is Spices! You will find a larger selection than the grocery store AND better prices! That generic cumin at Walmart is $1 cheaper at the market.
How about an entire aisle designated for bowls! They have matching sets or just simple bowls that are perfect for soup or cereal. Plenty of mixing bowls in several sizes. The prices vary in this section but trust me, they have really great deals!
14. Dried Food
Boost that flavor palate with dried food! You can find a huge selection of dried foods at the Asian Market! I mean, you aren’t finding most of these at your location grocery store.
15. Canned Goods
I am a big fan of curry so I grab the coconut milk! Sure, you can get it at the grocery store but I am also grabbing the spices to go with it.
These are some of my favorite items that I like to purchase at my Asian Market. I like to talk with the employees and learn about fruits or veggies that I’m not familiar with. They teach me new things and show me other products that I’m not familiar with. Generally speaking, the prices will be better than the grocery store. Do you like to shop at the Asian Market? What’s your favorite item to buy there? Let us know in the comments!
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