A friend is looking for a place to shop for Asian ingredients near her home in Laguna Beach or somewhere along her commute to work in Long Beach along the 73 to the 405/Woodruff exit. I suggested the 99 Ranch Market in Artesia, but she says her trip is long enough without going so far out of her way.
Any suggestions for shopping someplace not too far from the freeway during her daily trip?
Off the 405 at Beach (which is north of where the 73 hits the 405) is Sieu Thi Thuan Phat Westminster . It's maybe four blocks north of the exit, on the right side as you head north on Beach, NE corner of McFadden. Large, clean, good selection, the usual abrupt service. If this is her first trip to an Asian market she'll be very shellshocked but that will happen no matter where she goes.
If she wants Japanese ingredients, there is a Mitsuwa and a Marukai in Costa Mesa, both in the triangle made by the 405, 73 and 55 freeways. Marukai requires a (cheap) membership which you can buy on the spot; Mitsuwa does not. There's also a Japanese market in Fountain Valley called Ebisu, right off the 405 at Brookhurst.
Sieu Thi Thuan Phat Westminster
15440 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
665 Paularino Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
2975 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
18940 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708