We discovered how amazing Asian grocery stores can be when a Japanese friend introduced us to our first one nearly 30 years ago. Why are they so amazing? Because the products available are as fresh and cheap as you can find.
I will admit, it can be a little overwhelming to step into a place that is full of unfamiliar sights, smells, and sounds, but that is part of the fun of shopping at Asian grocery markets for plant-based friendly foods.
By shopping smart, you can save a lot of money on spices and other items. I find great deals on rice noodles, rice wraps, sauces, rice vinegar, dried mushrooms, spices, and even produce.
This is a 4-minute tour of an Indian market that I shop at often in South Carolina. As you will see, the owner even showed us how they make sugar cane juice with lime and ginger in India.
Other great oriental dishes: