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Melanie Wong Jul 28, 2001 01:44 AM

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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    Panpan Jul 31, 2001 04:36 AM

    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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      Melanie Wong Jul 31, 2001 05:03 AM

      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.

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        Panpan Aug 1, 2001 10:53 PM

        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 Aug 2, 2001 02:50 AM

          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?

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            Panpan Aug 2, 2001 05:37 PM

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

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              Melanie Wong Aug 7, 2001 08:22 PM

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

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                Panpan Aug 10, 2001 03:54 AM

                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..??

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      Brandon Nelson Jul 28, 2001 02:43 AM

      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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        Melanie Wong Jul 28, 2001 02:50 AM

        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 Jul 28, 2001 01:49 PM

          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!!!

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            Melanie Wong Jul 29, 2001 02:06 AM

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

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