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Feb 27, 2007 12:45 PM

Good Asian markets in montreal

Hi, i have recently moved to montreal and was looking for good asian markets, where I can get good fruits and veggies.

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  1. As far as Asian markets go the very best selection is at marché Hawai in Ville-Saint-Laurent.

    There is also Kim Phat (many locations). I like the one on Jarry.

    Marché Oriental on Saint-Denis at Jean-Talon is very good also.

    The produce is very much the same at all these places. Altough I think Hawai might have more turnover and therefore fresher produce.

    1. I second marche Hawai. It was packed last Saturday afternoon with predominently Asian clients. For $0.99 each, I got some fresh mint, thyme, cilantro & dill. Also noted Thai basil, lemongrass & other herbs that are not too common to non-Asians.

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      1. re: RhondaB

        Thanks for this thread. I went to Marche Hawai for the first time today, and I was thrilled. IMO the place is more clean than Kim Phat Brossard/Goyer, although I have the feeling the prices are slightly higher, and it still makes it totally worthwhile shopping there.

        Lots of imported Asian fruits and veggies in decent condition, also a great selection of frozen Asian produce, meats and seafood. One bonus is, they clearly label their produce in English and Chinese (and some French too), which helps.

        1. re: tarteaucitron

          what's the address of Marche Hawaii?

          1. re: eoj

            Marché Hawaï
            1999, boul. Marcel-Laurin - in Les Galeries Saint-Laurent, corner Poirier

            It's amazing - worth the trip, though it doesn't have the fresh baked goods that Kim Phat on Jarry does, its produce is great and well labelled.

          2. re: tarteaucitron

            Quick note on Marché Hawaii: Stay away from the vast selection of soy milk. They keep theirs in an open fridge. Because it's not consistently kept cold, the milk sometimes curdles and goes bad in the store.

            Their big cartons of coconut milk are soo handy for making curries! And the Melona frozen milk bars are excellent - just like a honeydew melon.

            1. re: serpah

              Thanks for the tip...How long does coconut milk last in the carton?

              1. re: Keramel

                I think it lasts almost indefinitely. I assume that it lasts as long as canned would last (at least a year or two). I haven't checked the best before dates on them.

                I have had coconut milk that's separated and hardened in the carton (after being opened and stored in the fridge for a month), and I've been able to use it by heating it in the microwave to get the solids and liquids back together. When it hardens like that, the harder, fatty part on top protects the liquid underneath.

                For a more definitive answer, I recommend google!

        2. thanks very much for the replies. I am going to Marche Hawaii this afternoon to check it out!

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          1. re: c_bouchard44

            I've never been to the Kim Phat on Jarry, and didn't know there was an East Asian grocery in that area, among the old Italian establishments and newer Maghrebian, Haitian-Caribbean and Latin-Americna ones. I'll have a look as soon as bicycle season starts - soon, I hope. I live ten minutes' walk from Marché Oriental and the other East/Southeast Asian shops around St-Denis/Jean-Talon. Thanks!

            By the way, for SOUTH Asian markets, (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan), there are many not far to the west, in Parc-Extension.

            1. re: lagatta

              The Kim Phat on Jarry that I'm familiar with is at 3733 Jarry est. In that neck of the woods, Jarry is actually just *north* of the Met. I get off at the St-Michel exit when driving out there.

              It's an amazingly huge one, and even has a restaurant on-site.

              1. re: kpzoo

                I am just curious, does the selection, size, and quality of produce merit a visit to Kim Phat when I live close to the the asain markets around St. Denis and Jean-Talon? It it is worth it I would love to hop on my bike...but not if it is similar to the ones I have easy access to.

                1. re: Keramel

                  Hard to say, Keramel, as I'm not that familiar with the Asian markets in your area, maybe someone else who can do a direct comparison could help out!

                  What I can tell you is that I've been to several other Kim Phat's (including the one in Brossard) and this one is definitely the best in terms of size & quality. It's really massive, with its own on-site bakery, and a huge fish/meat counter that spans the entire back area. The produce area is huge too, with the biggest variety of Asian greens & herbs I've ever seen in Mtl. The tropical fruit selection too always leaves me dizzy. Perhaps because there's also a significant Latino population up in that area as well, there's also a small but interesting selection of Latin American produce & grocery items.

                  I'd say it's probably worth a trip to check it out - but maybe take the metro! ;-)

                  1. re: Keramel

                    The produce at Kim Phat on Jarry is about the same as the produce at Marché Oriental. They have a little bit more selection, but the quality is about the same.

                    1. re: Keramel

                      In that case, I should check out Kim Phat @ Jarry one of these days, and after that I'd have been to all the major Asian grocery places in this city.

                      About which is the "best". It is hard to say because while all the stores would carry most of the Asian goods you expect, each would inevitably carry a selection that the others don't have and that you happen to "need" ;)

                  2. re: lagatta

                    In my opinion, Marché Oriental has the best Chinese BBQ pork in their front window. I used to stop by there every week to pick some up. It's been a while.... :)

                2. there's a wide variety of south east asian grocery stores on a strip of victoria from Edouard-Montpetit just passed Van Horne - metro plamondon.

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                  1. re: celfie

                    What is the metro stop near Kim Phat on Jarry?
                    Thank you

                    1. re: tombombadillo

                      The closest Metro stop would be St-Michel.

                      1. re: tombombadillo

                        St-Michel station, the eastern end of the blue line, is the closest. It puts you at the corner of St-Michel and Jean-Talon; you'll still have a 15-20 minute walk to the store.

                        Just found that Kim Phat has a website:

                        Anyone care to compare the Jarry East store (where I've not been) with the newly renovated and expanded one near Plaza Côte-des-Neiges (3588 Goyer)? Is the Jarry store any better? vastly superior?

                        1. re: carswell

                          Take the bus up - the St-Michel bus comes frequently. Unlike the Jarry bus east from the Jarry métro.

                          I'm still not cycling - not just the recent snow, but a horrible bout of arthritis. Am looking forward to going up there. (By bicycle, either along Villeray, or up the Boyer cycle path to Jarry, then over...).

                          That is just a half-hour cycle from my south of Jean-Talon-Market home ( I go to Marché Oriental coin St-Denis et Jean-Talon almost daily), but I'm wondering whether it is really worth if for me to explore Hawaï in St-Laurent - is it near either of the métro stations in St-Laurent?

                          1. re: lagatta

                            A friend who has moved here from Toronto misses the Chinese hardware shops on Spadina near the Kensington Market. Is there anything comparable here? There are some dishes and pots at Marché Oriental and a shop full of crockery and knickknacks on St-Laurent (west side, just soulth of René-Lévesque) but nothing comparable to the Spadina shops. Any better choices?

                            1. re: lagatta

                              There's a shop on the east side of St-Laurent, just north of La Gauchetiere where the Kim Phat used to be. They have a lot of stuff, but I don't know if the selection is as good as what your friend is used to.

                    2. In the East end, on Ontario E near Frontenac, there is an excellent place called Hep Phat. Their fish is cheap, but I don't think it's the freshest fish around. We recently bought some Red Snapper there for $7.99/lb. Their produce selection is good and fresh, but it's not in the same league (in terms of variety) as Marché Hawaii. If I lived near Marché Hawaii, I would go there everyday, but Hep Phat is closer. :)