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Mar 7, 2004 04:28 AM

SEA: Ethnic markets?

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I'm in Seattle for a couple of weeks helping my sister with her new baby, and I'm going to be doing a lot of home cooking while I'm here. Now trying to quickly get up to speed on good, cheap markets in the area so that I can shop like I usually do in San Francisco (i.e. Asian markets for nice seafood & Asian produce; Mexican markets for fresh chorizo, crema and produce; Alemany farmers' market for produce; Mediterranean markets for cheap Bulgarian feta, etc.). I've scanned through some of the posts on the Pacific Northwest Board and found many good leads on Asian markets that are cheaper than Uwajimaya (going to check out Viet Wah, Lam Seafood, Mekong Rainier -- thanks to Irwin et al), but could do with some additional advice on:

* Latino markets (ideally with fresh Salvadorean chorizo, butcher, good cheese selection, cheap produce, fresh tamales)
* Mediterranean & Middle Eastern markets (Big John's PFI? others?)

Any recommendations? I'm going to stop by Salvadorean Bakery Sunday morning to pick up fresh tamales -- are there good Latino markets in White Center while I'm there (probably a stupid question, but I just don't know the area)?

Looking forward to making silkie chicken soup for the new mom & generally feeding her well. Thanks for your help!

Deb H.

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  1. Deb...Sounds to me like you're already on the right track. For Latino markets, there are some in White Center, but there are two 'carnecerias' and other markets a little further south in Burien on Ambaum Wy.

    For Middle Eastern, there's a small, but good, market at Pike Place, called The Souk. There's a very large warehouse place in South Center called The International Bazaar that carries a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian ingredients and products.

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    1. re: tighe

      Some specifics:

      International Food Bazaar
      1226 Andover Park E
      TUKWILA, WA 98188
      (206) 575-2442

      Carniceria Zacatecas
      626 Sw 152nd
      BURIEN, WA 98166 - 2213
      (206) 988-1559

      Wayne's Fruits & Vegetables
      144 Sw 152d
      BURIEN, WA 98166 - 2306
      (206) 988-1996

      Wayne's is a trip. A combination of Mexican and Asian products all jumbled together. They have a butcher shop next door to the F&V shop.

      1. re: tighe


        You musta read my mind.

        1. re: tighe

          Wow everyone, thanks for the fast info! A trip to Burien (definitely Wayne's at least) is in order -- I'll check it out tomorrow afternoon.

          In addition to having lovely tamales and nice, fresh pupusas, the people at the Salvadorean Bakery were very friendly and helpful in my Latino market quest. First off, they carry fresh Salvadorean chorizo, fresh masa, cheeses, crema, etc. so I was able to knock a few things off of my shopping list right off the bat. Looking for requezon cheese, the woman at the bakery suggested La Tiendona by the airport (tel: 253-839-4064), but I suspect I can find it closer in Burien with all of your leads. Evidently SB usually stocks it but they were out.

          I also picked up a free Washington Latino yellow pages at the Bakery (El Mundo Castellano) that lists out other markets (pp. 96-102) in case I strike out.

          Thanks for the Souk rec; I'll go check it and Big John's PFI out later in the week. Burien adventure tomorrow -- if I hit upon any outstanding Latino markets from the guide I'll post about them here.

          Deb H.

          1. re: Deb H.

            Where in White Center is the Salvadoran Bakery? I'm not familiar with it.

            1. re: tighe

              It's on Roxbury at 17th:

              Salvadorean Bakery
              1719 SW Roxbury St
              Seattle, WA 98106
              (206) 762-4064

              Mostly a bakery with some savory items, plus cheese and very small selection of other products (no produce, meat, etc. except chorizo). Nice tamales & pupusas made to order. Fresh masa.

              Deb H.

        2. re: tighe

          A question:

          I think I've heard of this place before, but couldn't find it. Doing a search I came up with "International Food Bazaar" at 1226 Andover Park E. Is this the place, and can you post a description with a bit more detail? Thanks.

          Also, a student of mine told me about a store that might also be of interest to folks reading this thread:

          Taste of Europe 28855 Military Rd South
          Federal Way, WA 98003

          Haven't made it there myself, but intend to...

          1. re: The Loaf

            International Food Bazaar is mostly Indian. Warehouse style, terrific prices and great selection. Many kinds of dried dal, canned goods, spices, etc. Any Seattle area hound interested in Indian cuisine should check it out.

          2. re: tighe

            Also, in Bellevue at 24th and 140th there's Pars market, which has a good selection of Persian and Middle Eastern foods.

          3. Lamarcus:

            tighe's advise is excellent. I certainly intend to check out the place in South Center.

            There are also other ethnic places in Burian for German, Russian and one unique place that Leper discovered called "Wayne's Market" that has a Russian Deli, Mexican, Pacific Islander,Asian, Halal and American Butcher Shop and unusual seafood such as live Sturgeon, Turtles, Frogs, Crabs and Fish plus one of the Seattle areas most reasonable priced produce section serving all ethnic groups.

            There are 2 "Ranch 99 Supermarket's" on located in the Great Wall Shopping Center near Kent/Renton and the other in Edmond's that have very good variety.

            Hope that you post your "Silkie Chicken Soup" recipe.


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            1. re: Irwin Koval


              My postpartum silkie chicken soup is more medicinal than a fabulous taste sensation, but here you go (for what it's worth, it's a combo of different recipies I saw on the web & the advice of a Chinese herbalist):

              * One packet of Chinese medicinal herbs for women's health (bought for $3 at Chinese herbalist on corner of 12th & Jackson, consists of dried Chinese yam, astragalus wood, Chinese black dates, dry longan, Wolfberry seeds, American/Chinese ginseng, and angelica wood)
              * Additional 5g of Chinese red ginseng (slices)
              * 30g of dried, sliced wood ear
              * 10-12 cups warm water
              * 1 whole silkie chicken with feet & head (about 2+ lbs.)
              * soy sauce & pepper to taste

              Put all dried ingredients in the warm water, let sit for 10-15 minutes. Add silkie chicken, bring to a boil and immediately turn head down to low. Let simmer slowly for about one hour. Remove chicken, cool, debone and shred meat. Add meat back to broth, add soy sauce and pepper to taste.

              Mom is to have about a cup+ each day with other food (not to just eat it all at once) for two weeks right after giving birth -- don't eat the wood, but eat everything else. This recipe makes enough for about a week. Herbalist recommended making fresh batches as needed instead of doing a big double batch and freezing the excess.

              I stayed away from sulfur aromatics like garlic, onion and green onion as they're purported to cause gas that could give the baby colic through the mom's breast milk. Sister gave it the thumbs up. Also got her those little ampules of ginseng & royal jelly (hee hee) to drink daily -- supposed to be good postpartum.

              A friend's Taiwanese mother swears by another dessert for women's health: bird's nest simmered with rock sugar and Chinese red dates. I ate this for a couple of weeks once on my friend's recommendation -- not very tasty.

              Deb H.

            2. Ranch 99 is about the only place(besides some of the small mom and pop stores)that I can get roast duck.Its good most of the time a couple of times it was way too salty but most of the time is good.Its only 15$s for a whole duck.I like there fish frying service wish some of there fish was fresher,I mean when it gets red eyes and slimy its garbage.The Tilapia is a good choice because its a fair price and a big seller so you know it will be fresh most of the time.You can get it live which costs more is the only way to get it fresher.At lunch and dinner theres lines of people getting the Tilapia deep fried.The store in Washington doesnt charge for deep frying.The variety is great.Lots of hard to find things.Prices arent bad alot of things can be bought at other places cheaper.

              1. Mexi-Mart, in South Park has an assortment of border-town goceries and is a few doors down the block from Muy Macho, where you can get a good taco platter.