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Dec 27, 2006 09:46 PM

Asian grocery store

Hi, I used to be able to stop by the Chinatown metro just for some comfort food, like cucumber pickles, meat fibre (ok how else does one translate that) and spicy bamboo shoots to go with congee in the rare occasions I felt like it... or cans of dark glass jelly in the summer (horrors! my aunt would turn over in her grave knowing I'm down to canned grass jelly).

BUT NOW THE CHINATOWN GROCERY HAS CLOSED! How utterly pathetic!! Chinatown's pathetic enough as it is--I had no idea there were Chinatowns with less to them than Boston's.

Anyhow, if you know of a metro accessible Asian market (I know only of the Thai place in Silver Spring and the Japanese one in Bethesda)--preferably more centrally located--please share!



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  1. Ditto to that. I've been tryin to find a good place around here for a while now and I keep having to find a ride out to Eden Market to get things and even then its difficult to find everything I need. I'm so used to having a huge Chinatown being raised in Calgary, Alberta where you probably hear more Cantonese and Vietnamese walking around downtown than English. I miss the large stores that encompass a great butcher shop with grocery and BBQ'd goods (trying to find good BBQ duck is near impossible).

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    1. re: blee27

      For good bbq duck - you should check out New Fortune over by Gaithersburg (Shady Grove) The restaurant has a take out section that sells all the godies such as roast pig, pork, etc just like they do in NYC.

    2. Kam San and Maxim are accessible via the Rockville Metro station. These two chinese grocery stores are north of the station. Great Wall (Chinese) and Han Ah Rheum (korean) are accessible via the Dunn Loring Metro station which is north of these two places. Great Wall is probably the largest chinese supermarket in this area.

      I think you can find some grass jelly and pork/beef foo (meat fibre) at Dai Hsin on 7th street, but they will be moving soon to Eye street. Eden center market is really a joke. They have stuff there, but the store is a dump. There's another chinese grocery store in the Shaw neighborhood called Winner Co. It's on 9th and O st, between Mt. Vernon and Shaw Metro stops. It's a "store" inside a rowhouse, and you'll need to be buzzed in, but for the most part, they have the cheapest dry and canned goods in this area.

      1. Another option is to try the Capital City Market (right off the NY Ave metro). Only some of the stores are open to the public, and the signage indicating where/what things are is not good, but poking around can be rewarding. Here's the beginnings of an informational site I've been building on the place with another guy:

        Check it out. Poke around in the sidebar links & you'll find a map published by the Washington Post that has a few places on it. The list on the main post on the page is not exhaustive. There is an Asian place (don't know the name) right next to Obeng.

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        1. re: inked

          I shop at the Union Market often, and things can get hellish real fast there. Price wise, it's comparable or slightly cheaper than the asian markets when you buy in bulk. There is no live fish there though.

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          1. No live fish, but where can you get those at area asian market (I'm curious)? I've been to Super H in Fairfax, which has a great selection of Asian food, but is no where near metro accessible. DC's asian market selection is very frustrating.