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W. L.A. - Chinese Market?

LLB Aug 25, 2007 01:25 PM


Any Chinese markets on the westside? I visit the Japanese market on Sawtelle, but they don't have all the chinese ingredients I want like longan, lotus seed and so forth.

Let me know!


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  1. Chandavkl RE: LLB Aug 25, 2007 05:00 PM

    No. There's nothing west of downtown except For A-1 which is a mile west of downtown on Sunset. Thai Town markets in Hollywood may also have some of your ingredients. Otherwise it's 99 Ranch in Gardena or Van Nuys.

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      bulavinaka RE: Chandavkl Aug 25, 2007 08:15 PM

      99 Ranch in Van Nuys is a short ride from West LA on the 405 if you choose the right time to go... Good Chinese and Vietnamese restos in the same shopping center...

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      QualityMart RE: LLB Aug 26, 2007 01:51 PM

      Have you tried Mitsuwa on Centinela? Japanese, but much bigger than the places on Sawtelle. Perhaps worth a shot.

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        cattherine RE: LLB Aug 26, 2007 01:54 PM

        If you don't mind the drive, head out to the San Gabriel valley and you'll find a handful of Chinese markets to suit your needs. LOTS of restaurants in the area, too.

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          LLB RE: LLB Aug 27, 2007 10:38 AM

          Thanks for everyones help! 99 Ranch is amazing-----I was just hoping for a bit closer. I'll definitely check out Mitsuwa (sounds amazing!).

          Great recs!

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            nickorp RE: LLB Aug 27, 2007 04:11 PM

            There's a bunch of little markets in Chinatown (Far East Supermarket, some other names I can't remember). And definitely A-1 has a good Asian variety w/ a lot of south east asian products along with the chinese stuff. But if you want 99, then you'll need to go to Gardena.

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              foodmanchu RE: LLB Aug 27, 2007 06:52 PM

              you can get longan (long yan rou) and lotus seed (lian zi) at a chinese herb shop. there used to be one on main street (herb king) but i heard it closed. try the acupuncture schools -- yo san on washington near lincoln, or emperor's on wilshire.

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