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  • Melanie Wong Jul 28, 2001 01:44 AM
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This Asian market has moved down the street, now on Sebastopol Road just east of Dutton Ave, and has been in its new location for a month. Tonight was my first visit, although they've been in business for 11 years.

I needed some tapioca pearl and they had it in both large and small sizes. The selection of palm sugar offer 5 different brands from Guangzhou and Thailand. The produce section didn't look nearly as fresh as SF Chinatown would offer but there is a good selection of bitter greens, galangal, Thai herbs, Shanghai cabbage, opa, tiny Thai chilis, and lots of other things that I'm not familiar with. I picked up some tiny Thai eggplant - variegated green and about the size of a ping-pong ball. Many Mexican spices/veggies are also offered.

A good selection of all the staples seem to be available. I also got a bottle of one of my favorite condiments - "Sweet Chilli Sauce for Chicken" from First World, made in Thailand, 26 oz. for $1.10. Put this on the table the next time you grill up some chicken.

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    Brandon Nelson

    Hi Mel!

    I am about to tell on of my best guarded recipes. Try a chichen stir fry with that sweet chili sauce, and passionfruit syrup. Add some veggies and serve over buckwheat soba. Your favorite cut of pork will work well too!

    Chow!!!

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    1. re: Brandon Nelson

      Dude! Where've you been?

      Passionfruit syrup? Another trip to the market would be required.

      Yes, the chili sauce is good with pork too.

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        Brandon Nelson

        Vacation!

        It's time for my annual family bash at Berryesa. I needed a break from the action, so I spent a night at home.

        Chow!!!

        1. re: Brandon Nelson

          Happy vacation! Thought you might have run off and gotten married... (g)

    2. You mean to tell me that there is an Asian Grocery store in Santa Rosa..my goodness. I have been here a year despairing at my frequent drives down to the Ranch 99 and other large Asian shopping barns in SFO.

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      1. re: Panpan

        You're in the wine country too? Which town? You might also try G&G Market on College Ave. in Santa Rosa for some things. There are also a couple of Asian markets in Vallejo if that's more your way.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Im located in Santa Rosa near a place known as Mission Plaza...there appears to be at least a hundred of these on the West Coast!

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            Melanie Wong

            I know just where that it. In the Rita's Chinese restaurant on Calistoga/Hwy 12 used to be a really good Hong Kong-style restaurant with tanks and all. Very sad when the owners left.

            Mekong Market isn't very large and can't compare to having SF Chinatown at your feet. But I bet it can save you a trip or two into the Bay Area each month.

            What brought you to Santa Rosa from Manchuria?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Its a very long and complicated story. Suffice to say there is a man involved!

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                Melanie Wong

                There are certainly worse places to live! Let us know if you need any local recs...

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Yes Melanie I need recommendations for Santa Rosa...best Taco place, best Vietnamese...also what do you think of Gary Chu's and and the Rose Hotel..??