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Asian Food Markets: Shopping

We discovered how amazing Asian food markets 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.

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How to save money by shopping at Asian markets

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.

Video tour of my shopping

Check out this 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.

A couple of great recipe ideas mentioned in this video are Breakfast Scramble and Asian Spring Rolls.

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Thai Garden Rolls. Click photo to see easy recipe.

Other great Asian dishes:

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Asian markets allow me to save money.


Monday 6th of May 2019

Thank you! great tips. I love that the shop owner is proudly showing off his skills and his vegetables :-)

you may already do this, but I buy those bags of spices and use a large glass jar to pour them into. also those silicone tiny bags that come in products such as electrical and luggage -i use one in the jar to help keep the spices from turn hard.

such a great idea taking us shopping, thanks ..

Monday 6th of May 2019

Those are terrific ideas! Thank you so much for sharing. The shop owner at this store is always so helpful, and I love visiting to see what new items they have in.


Friday 15th of March 2019

What is the name of the Market in the video. Spartanburg is not too far from me

Friday 15th of March 2019

It's called Asian Market and this is a link with the address. The owners are super nice.