I discovered how amazing Asian grocery stores can be when my Japanese brother-in-law introduced us to our first one over 25 years ago. Why are they so amazing? Because they 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.
A couple of great recipe ideas mentioned in this video are Breakfast Scramble and Asian Spring Rolls. A few other great orential dishes are Sweet and Sour Stir Fry, Stir Fried Rice, and Veggie Udon Noodles with Sweet Ginger Sesame Sauce.