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Jan 5, 2009 02:44 PM

Asian markets aside from Assi.

I've got to sub on school bus run tomorrow that sends me out to the Wissakicon School District. Last time I did this run there was an Asian market just south off Rt 202 on Township Line Rd. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to sneak in for a look.

Anybody know what I'm talking about, and is it worth leaving early to stop in?

BTW, if I have any money left, I'll be at Assi on Sat.

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  1. I am not sure which market you mean; but there is an Indian market, Patel's on Bethlehem Pike in Colmar (north of Montgomery Mall), on the right heading north.

    1. Been there..whouldnt call it a robust market (like Chinatown or Adams Ave) but some interesting veggies (snowpea shoots and the like), some kimchee, noodles, etc. Personally I think theyre always worth a look..

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      1. re: GBak504

        on a similar note... does anyone know where i can find GOOD quality wide rice noodles in philly? i've been through all the brands at the spring garden market (4th and spring garden - excellent for seemingly everything else asian!) and all the brands are, well, shite. one sealed cellophane baggie even had an extra gift all the way from china - live bugs! just want some simple noodles that cook evenly through without being too stiff or breaking down altogether (is it the cook, perhaps? :) ). fresh noodles would be preferable.

        1. re: rabidog

          I've had good luck with frozen rice noodles. I know the market in the Adams ave plaza has a variety. Last time around I bought from the veggie store (Kim's?) on Butler Pike in Conshy (across from the wawa). They sneak some interesting stuff in the back freezer from time to time. bag of large rice noodles was about 5.99...

          1. re: GBak504

            i miss that place... used to go there when i lived in the area, but they didn't carry wide rice noodles then. good to know, thanks!

            1. re: rabidog

              I bought fresh wide rice noodles at Oriental Market on S. 6th and Washington. They are on the rack in the front of the store, near some fresh baked goods. I am new to asian cooking, but I made pad see ew with them and it turned out pretty well. The noodles actually come in sheets and you cut them to the size you want. The package says they are freshly made in Philadelphia on 11th St (or maybe 9th?), so you might also be able to buy them straight from the noodle company that makes them.

              1. re: megmosa

                awesome, thank you! i'll definitely be checking that out soon.

                1. re: megmosa

                  you can buy fresh rice noodles from the factory on filbert street just east of 10th. yummy!

          2. re: GBak504

            I went to Patel's a few years ago. Not bad, but the focus is on Indian ingredients/spices. There is probably some cross-over to other Asian cuisines, but I would not go there if I were looking specificaly for anything other than Indian.

            Depending on how far afield you want to venture, I pass a very large Asian market when I drive home from work in Philly. It's in Cheltenham, in the vicinity of Longwood Gardens.

            1. re: PattiCakes

              Cheltenham in the vicinity of Longwood Gardens? They're on opposite sides of town.

              1. re: Karen K

                Duh. Brain fart on my part. Lynnwood Gardens Apartments. Sorry about that!

                  1. re: PattiCakes

                    are you talking about the H Mart? It's at the intersection of old york road and cheltenham avenue. it's a great korean supermarket with a wide variety of asian and non-asian goods and great produce. it is in a strip mall that also has a great prepared food place and a food court upstairs.

                    1. re: worthyquest

                      I think it is near that intersection, but not at it. If you turn left on Cheltenham Ave, off of Broad Street, & go past Northwoods Cemetary on the left, the strip shopping center is on the right, before you get to Lynnwood Gardens and the Cheltenham Mall. I'll have to check the next time I drive by for the name.

                      1. re: PattiCakes

                        yes, that's a different place.... have not seen it, but don't usually head that way.

            2. not sure what your criteria is for "worth leaving early". The store is there and open. However it certainly isn't as big or well stocked a store as Assi, but they have some interesting things. I went by the other day to get a large bottle of siracha sauce for DH, was in a hurry so didn't pick up anything else. Last time I got a huge bag of basmati rice for about $1/lb.

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              1. re: jujuthomas

                So, what's this market called, and where exactly is it?

                1. re: Karen K

                  Honestly, I have no idea what the name is. It is at the intersection of 202 and Township line road in Blue Bell, across Township line from the new Walgreens in the small strip mall with a dry cleaner, and a couple other small businesses.

                  1. re: jujuthomas

                    The market in question is Sae Han Oriental Market. Not an Assi competitor but certainly a good selection. Fresh produce is very reasonable.