Cooking/Restaurant Supply stores in Monterey Park-Alhambra-Rosemead-SG?
I did a forum search and only found a few threads from years ago mentioning Surfas and Star.
I am looking for the non-"touristy" type of supply store, but open to the public. I stumbled upon a real gem on Valley blvd. Its T&T restaurant supply:
T and T Restaurant Supplies
530 West Valley Boulevard
Alhambra, CA 91803-3227
This is a small store run by very friendly and helpful Cantonese fellows. Its packed with lots of asian and western goodies for great prices.
Anyone know of other restaurant/cooking supply stores out toward san gabriel? The prices are always better out there and I don't feel as if I am being led down a hype laden primrose path before every purchase. Small, large doesn't matter. Clean, grimy doesn't matter. Great prices do though.
This is a completely non-responsive answer, but if you can make it to Chinatown, check out the "Super Home Mart" in the Bamboo Plaza under the Empress Pavillion. They have a true crapload of restaurant (and home) supplies, very inexpensive. For instance, they must have over 100 different types and sizes of pots, ranging from ones you can boil one or two eggs in, to those you could take outside and use as a hot tub. Completely overwhelming.
Completely agree on Super Home Mart. They have things you never thought you would need but can't live without!! Check out this really nifty one-hand pepper grinder that's stainless steel- such a great Christmas gift! Also they've got a great home decor section- I've met some interior designers who swear by this place for bargains! Not only a restaurant supply heaven but a one-stop shop for the home--it's literally SUPER.
re: Hungry Like a Wolf
its in between 5th and 6th street. This is ~ 4 blocks east of Atlantic. I haven't been there in awhile, but I imagine that the Cantonese fellas are still sitting out back, smoking and chatting. Good guys, they will order it for cheap if they don't carry it. My favorite item is actually these small bamboo "paddles" that are about the size of a large soupspoon. They work great for stirring on nonstick surfaces and more. They are cheap, so I consider them "semi"-disposable.