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Ethnic Markets in Rhode Island

I've seen posts with this informations - I'm particularly looking for the name and address of the Mexican store near Atwell's Ave, a Japanese store somewhere in Providence (not near the stores on Elmwood Avenue) - any mentions are welcome and appreciated.

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  1. I know this is probably out of your way, but, I thought it would be worth a mention if you ever want to take a ride. I go to the greatest asian market in Westerly. It is in the same plaza as Division of Motorvehicles. They have a wonderful selection, it is very clean, they get fresh produce in every Thursday. I go alot to get baby bok choy, I pick it fresh out of the bin. Great place.

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    1. re: Alica

      While you're there, you can snack on dim sum at the Chinese restaurant next to the DMV.

      1. re: karlssoni

        I hate to say that I do not eat Chinese food often, but, from people that do, that is supposed to be a great Chinese restaurant.

        1. re: Alica

          The people at Golden Chopstix are very nice (they own China Grocery as well) but I have had hit or miss experience there. They sell much of their food aimed at white-bread America, and I keep trying to figure out the universal access code to their better stuff. Dim sum is usually good though.

    2. I haven't been there, but I've heard the Asian market across from Sun & Moon in East Providence is mostly Korean and Japanese. It's on Warren Ave.

      Also if you just need something small, the Haruki Express that opened on Waterman St. right off Thayer is open long hours and has a small Japanese grocery store inside. They have a small refrigerator and freezer section, and all kinds of noodles and condiments. It's not huge, but a neat addition!

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      1. re: cajuntoast

        The Asian market in East Providence is "Asiana," and it is indeed quite good for Korean and some Japanese.

        The little Japanese grocery inside Haruki Express was a hugely pleasant surprise and is quite good and comprehensive. I've gone often...

        - Garris

      2. La Poblanita is on Academy Ave at the corner of Chalkstone.

        Sanchez Mexican Market is right on Atwells at the corner of Academy Ave.

        1. East Providence

          Asiana Food Market 92 Warren Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914 (401) 438-9992

          Providence

          Asian

          Asian Star Market Inc 678 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 (401) 785-0607

          Haruki Express 112 Waterman Street Providence,RI 02906 (401) 421-0754
          (small grocery inside restaurant)

          Sunny Market 243 Reservoir Avenue, Providence, RI 02904 (401) 941-5089

          1. For Asian ingredients, New Asian Market (339 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02907-2219) offers a wide range of dry and canned goods, and some produce. They have a great selection of spices, sauces, fresh tofu, and fresh herbs for Southeast Asian and Chinese cuisine. They have a limited selection of fresh prepared foods, but you can find goi cuon and some glutinous rice treats. If you go, you must walk over to the New Wing Kee Barbecue and Poultry (39 Central Street, Providence, RI 02907) which is right behind McDonalds next door--they specialize in Chinese barbeque pork, roast duck, and tripe. Their barbeque pork is very lean and rivals some of the best I've had growing up in the San Francisco Bay area.

            1. There is a great Asian market in Cranston. Chinese American Mini Market Inc. 834 Park Avenue, Cranston 02910. 401-467-7690.

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              1. re: mogl

                There are four good asian markets near the Cranston / Providence line all within 1/4 mile of each other.

                Mirae Market 602 Reservoir Ave Cranston, RI 02910 (Japanese and Korean) My goto place, small market Very friendly, (On a corner near Big Cheese Pizza)

                Sunny Market 243 Reservoir Avenue, Providence, RI 02904 (401) 941-5089

                Chinese American Mini Market Inc. 834 Park Avenue, Cranston (Stocks Japanese Cuisine)

                Phu Lam Market 72 Rolfe Street Cranston Rhode Island 02920

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                Big Cheese Pizza
                272 E Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

                1. re: mogl

                  Great? Clearly you haven't been to an actual Asian supermarket.

                  Chinese American Mini Market is gross; it's like a neighborhood bodega but with dusty aisles rather than weed. Personally, I'd prefer if they sold weed!

                  If it were a Western supermarket most people wouldn't even enter with it's crappy old wooden shelves and antiquated check-out system, but somehow because it sells imported goods its great?

                  Try going to an H-Mart or T&T in Canada -- those are great.

                2. hey, does anyone know where a good market that sells Ichigo Daifuku or Dangos (Botchan or not, It doesn't matter to me)? I can't find any and I need it soon >_<