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Hawaii Supermarket, Rosemead :)

katkoupai Aug 30, 2007 06:25 PM

I went to Hawaii Supermarket for the first time today. I really liked the prices in there: Green beans (99 cents a pound), baby coconuts (99 cents each), green onions (25 cents a bunch). For less than $10, I got two bags of groceries.

There are some great treats in from of the market too. Fresh watermelon juice with boba (1.75) and a delicious small cake filled with custard (60 cents)-- these were heavenly. I wish I had checked this place out sooner, and I wish I bought more of those tiny custard cakes. :)

Hawaii Super Market
120 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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  1. mermy RE: katkoupai Sep 11, 2007 04:04 PM

    Every time my bf and I go there, he tells me he loses 5 years of his life because its' so darn crowded and people are just rude...

    But definitely cheap prices!

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    1. re: mermy
      Mando RE: mermy Sep 11, 2007 05:23 PM

      2nd this. Prices are cheap but trying to shop there is a nightmare. I've pretty much given up and go to san gabriel super store or vien dong in rosemead

      1. re: Mando
        ipsedixit RE: Mando Sep 11, 2007 05:31 PM

        I think the most "civil" of the Chinese supermarkets are the Ranch99 (or Tawa) ones.

        Hawaii Supermarket and 168 are probably the worst, esp. if you don't speak the language.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          lycheegal RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2007 06:04 PM

          There's a relatively new Asian supermarket at the Eagle Rock mall. Lots of fresh veggies and seafood. Very fun.

          1. re: lycheegal
            ipsedixit RE: lycheegal Sep 11, 2007 08:27 PM

            Are you talking about Seafood City Market? Isn't that a Filipino market?

            1. re: ipsedixit
              katkoupai RE: ipsedixit Nov 11, 2007 10:58 AM

              I checked out Seafood City. It is Filipino, but they carry some Korean, Chinese and Japanese products, as well. I really liked it. It's much cleaner and nicer than Hawaii Supermarket, but it is also smaller.

              Seafood City Supermarket
              2700 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        2. re: Mando
          Beignets RE: Mando Nov 11, 2007 02:01 PM

          I hate to agree but I've stopped going there after 3 tries. Parking is a nightmare, the people are really rude - openly stealing parking spots and cutting in line in the seafood area, etc. And good luck trying to find anything if you can't speak the language.

          The prices are good, that's true, but at the end of the day, I think I'd pay maybe 5 bucks more total in a cleaner and better organized Chinese supermarket. I discovered 99 Ranch will have weekly specials and they can be great deals.

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        slacker RE: katkoupai Sep 11, 2007 04:09 PM

        Green onions are 20 cents at the 168 market on Valley. :p LOL
        I love the prices at Chinese markets.

        1. modernist RE: katkoupai Nov 12, 2007 09:14 AM

          i went to a western market for the first time in years (vons on national and castle heights).
          i had forgotton how freaking expensive everything was.

          shit poor selection, 4-5 times more expensive... i shop in ktown or san gabriel.

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