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Where are Asian grocery stores near Stamford, CT?

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Miki Mar 1, 2001 06:52 PM

I am looking for good Asian grocery stores accessible by car from Stamford, CT. If you know anything, please suggest - I am interested particularly in Thai Grocers and Japanese Grocers. I have heard that there are some in Westchester, but I have no idea where they are.

Thanks,
Miki

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    rjka RE: Miki Mar 1, 2001 09:13 PM

    I don't know whether it's good or not, but there's a samll Japanese market called Fuji Mart on Route 1 in Greenwich, just off Exit 5 on 95. Off the exit, make a left, and it's in what looks like an office building on your immediate left. I think there are a number of Japanese markets in Hartsdale off Central Ave. (Rt 100), but a Westchester expert would have to give you specifics.

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      Dave RE: rjka Mar 4, 2001 05:01 PM

      Yes, fuji mart is a good source - mostly Japanese items. There's another japanese grocer in greenwich in Cos Cob, on Rte 1 500 yards east of Poricelli's food mart.

      Hot Tip: when the weather warms up, a Japanese man pulls his ramen truck into the parking lot of Fuji Mart. He puts out a picnic table. Great homemade ramen!! He's there live 5 nights a week.

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        rjka RE: Dave Mar 8, 2001 09:34 AM

        I've heard the noodle truck is very good. The name of the Japanese store on Route 1 in Cos Cob is something like Harajukyu. You see the sign on the side of the store if you're heading westbound.

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        Joy RE: rjka Jun 27, 2001 06:51 PM

        Just across the street from Fuji Mart kitty-corner is a grocery store in a strip mall. They have a limited amount of asian products, and dynamite fresh sushi, made while you wait, reasonably priced. Oink! Joy

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        Jim Leff RE: Miki Mar 1, 2001 11:51 PM

        As is true of so many questions, the answer is Danbury.

        Son Atlantic Market 135 Main St 830-3068 all types of Asian ingredients, terrific exotic produce, uncured bacon. weekends, take out roast pork, duck, sticky rice, noodles, and sweets.

        for more stuff to do in danbury, plug the town name into the search engine atop our home page. Oh, and stop in nearby Bethel for Dr. Mike’s (don't miss "chocolate lace and cream) 158 Greenwood Ave, 792-4388

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          wendy jackson RE: Jim Leff Mar 2, 2001 03:33 PM

          Jim is right about the Atlantic Market; I think it's the best around. However, if you don't feel like schlepping up here, the Fuji Mart (which rjka mentioned) is not bad for supplies and ingredients with a Japanese bent (I think they even used to carry sushi-quality fish). Also, there is a Thai market in Norwalk on Rt 123 heading towards New Canaan, just off the rt 7 connector. This place is best for dry goods, but they do have limited produce and frozen items. Are you looking for anything in particular?

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            Miki RE: wendy jackson Mar 2, 2001 06:32 PM

            No, I'm not looking for anything in particular - it's just that it's just really difficult not knowing where these supplies are available. Thank you all for your suggestions, I will try them all!

            Miki

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          Bill Dunn RE: Miki Mar 2, 2001 08:25 AM

          Oriental Market is on New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk, a couple of miles south of the Merritt Parkway, exit 38. It is more Chinese and Korean than Thai. I haven't been there in awhile, but they used to bring prepared dishes like sticky rice, roast duck, roast pork, etc. up from NYC on Friday afternoon/evenings. It is much smaller than Atlantic Market in Danbury.

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            Rachel Molly RE: Miki Aug 29, 2001 03:30 PM

            I am surprised no one had mentioned Greenwich Produce on Greenwich Avenue in...take a wild guess...Greenwich. Close to the I-95 exit (3 I think).

            They're at the bottom of the avenue, on the right side, near the smaller movie theater and Richard's clothing store for men. They sell very good quality produce and dry goods. Incidentally they opened up a branch in the market in Grand Central last year. A bit pricey...

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              rjka RE: Rachel Molly Aug 29, 2001 04:32 PM

              My recollection is that they don't have that many Thai products that you can't get in a good supermarket and they have virtually no Japanese ones. In general though the produce is excellent.

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              plumerella RE: Miki Jun 23, 2008 11:59 AM

              The grocery store in White Plains is HUGE. It is located in the old White Plains mall on Hamilton Aveue and Cottage Place. You have to pay to park in the lot, though you can usually find parking on the street. Make sure you pay the meter on Saturdays! It's only free on Sundays. I got a $15 ticket because I did not feed the meter!

              Anyway, you can find mostly what you need here....the greens and veggies are fresh...all sorts of canned and packaged frozen goods to fresh dim sum and prepared lunch boxes for just $4.95.

              If you want to make a trip of it, you can check out Aberdeen Dim Sum just across the street from the parking lot. It's inside a Holiday Inn or Ramada Inn..something like that...but I've read the dim sum is good. Try a google search..you can find some reviews on the restaurant.

              Just found an article online...the grocery store is called Kam Sen Foods, located at:
              22 Barker Ave
              White Plains, NY 10601
              (914) 428-4500

              http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

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                lovesublime RE: plumerella Jun 23, 2008 12:09 PM

                Not sure if its still there but there was a small Asian market in Stamford on Hope St, across from Hope Pizza in the same shopping center as CVS and the chinese restaurant. It was less food/more knicknacks but I havent been there in a couple of years. Oriental Food market in Norwalk is the one I always go to. They have a pretty decent selection and great prices. If they dont have something you need they can get it for you the following week, ex kaffir lime leaves. Also, the ming hong house in Norwalk which is mostly chinese takeout has a few things..tea, dumplings, noodles..but I wouldnt recommend shlepping there for the meager selection they do have.

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                  gunksny RE: lovesublime Nov 8, 2011 05:38 AM

                  The Oriental Market on Hope St (CVS Plaza across from Hope Pizza) is still there, although I have no idea how it stays in business. They have a very old, meager selection of mostly packaged and canned foods at astronomical prices along with an assortment of gifts and dvds. Pine tree car air fresheners hanging above the food doesn't build confidence either..

                  Kam Sen in White Plains is the best Asian market I found in the area, but its a bit of a drive from FC.

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                  Hope Pizza Restaurant
                  230 Hope St, Stamford, CT 06906

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                  timIam RE: plumerella Aug 19, 2008 03:28 PM

                  Thanks for the tip on Kam Sen -- I just went there and it was phenomenal for Chinese, lots of Korean and Japanese and Filipino, spotty on Thai but they did have fresh lime leaves cheap ($1.50 for about 20). I went looking for Thai sweet/thick soy sauce to make basil chicken and didn't find it but they did seem to have everything ELSE in the Golden Boy line, so maybe they ran out and don't get many Thai customers. Fabulous, fabulous place -- hanging BBQ ducks and pork, the whole bit.

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                  fabfive16 RE: Miki Jul 14, 2008 05:34 AM

                  A) A Dong..160 Shield St, West Hartford, Ct..(860)953-8903

                  Shopping at this huge Asian specialty foods store is always an exciting experience. Billed as the largest Asian grocery store in Ct, if not all of New England, A Dong is easily the size of a mid- level supermarket. With freshly- butchered poultry and meats displayed prominently, visiting this store for the first time, can be a bit unsettling.

                  For consumers seeking authentic, fresh, packaged and frozen foods from southeast Asia however, this West Hartford, Ct specialty foods store offers an unbelieveably large selection. A wide spectrum of fresh fish, live fish, poultry and specialty meats are offered here, as are many varieties of impeccably- fresh produce. Many canned goods and frozen foods from China, Japan, Korea, The Phillipines and Vietnam are attractively displayed and economically- priced. A vast assortment of rices, noodles and Asian sauces are always in stock, including many varieties of soy sauce. A Dong's in- store bakery regularly produces delectable Asian pastries, breads and other baked goods. Delicious prepared, or cooked foods here are favorite take- out items for many West Hartford, Ct area residents. Their Vietnamese- style sandwiches are unusual, tasty and inexpensive. Other items of interest at this specialty foods store are many varieties of Asian candy, beverages and ice cream, as well as a comprehensive selection of Asian kitchenware and cooking tools.

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                    UWStoSONO RE: Miki Jul 17, 2008 04:35 AM

                    There's a Far East Supermarket opening in South Norwalk soon.

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                      malgio RE: UWStoSONO Nov 6, 2008 01:57 PM

                      As of last week, it went out of business. Owner had a problem getting staff and merchandise in the store. It was located where the old Sono Theater was near Klaffs

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                        plumerella RE: malgio Nov 16, 2008 10:37 AM

                        i am so disappointed!!! i was waiting for it to completely stock up. I am bummed..it was so conveniently located. Please keep me posted if you hear they might open up again!

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                      luvarugula RE: Miki Aug 19, 2008 04:01 PM

                      Going north on I-95, about 10 miles, Far East Supermarket is open for business. See recent posting below:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/528789

                      They are still in the process of stocking all the shelves, but I was by there this weekend.I saw fresh fish, more frozen goods, some prepared foods and some bakery items. Grand Opening is in a few weeks.

                      Oriental Market in Broad River is another option.

                      1. Syphrite RE: Miki Jul 27, 2009 05:37 PM

                        I checked out the Oriental Food Market located at 109 New Canaan Ave. (Rt 123), Norwalk, CT 06850 today and I was happy with it. I was looking for ingredients for pad thai (lemongrass, herbs, noodles, tamarind, etc) and they had it all. It was a small place, but had a lot of the basic necessities you could need from an asian grocery.

                        Does anyone know of another asian market in the area?

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                          Silli RE: Syphrite Jan 9, 2010 06:34 PM

                          I love you Chowhound! Today while driving near the South Norwalk train station I thought I saw an Asian grocery store (the strip mall on Washington Street). Does anyone know if it's good?

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                            luvarugula RE: Silli Jan 10, 2010 10:30 AM

                            As quickly as that market opened, it shut down, not even a year after they opened. (see malgio post, above) Not sure what the problem was, but they never really got going. I had such high hopes, too, since it was so close to my house. Maybe the space was too big, added with a down economy. The only other Asian store is the one in Broad River, as mentioned by Syphrite. It's small, but, you can find the basics.

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