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Ethnic Supermarkets in and around London, especially South

gtrekker2003 Mar 26, 2009 01:14 PM

Hi. I just moved to Croydon from NYC. I am looking for various ethnic markets in and around London, even better if closer to Croydon.

I am interested in Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, and Middle Eastern/Lebanese ingredients, particularly fresh vegetables, herbs, spices, noodles, rice balls, etc.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

  1. zuriga1 Mar 26, 2009 03:26 PM

    One of the best Chinese supermarkets in the London area (it's huge) is right in Croydon - Wing Yip. It also has Japanese and Thai things, too. Their restaurant has excellent Cantonese food - closest thing I've found to what's common in NYC.

    I live a bit south of there so can't help much with the other cuisines. There is a large Korean population in New Maldon, which isn't too far if you have a car.

    Welcome to London.

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      Jenny Sheridan Mar 28, 2009 07:52 AM

      If you are also interested in food, desserts and vegetables from the Indian sub-continent, Tooting is good, and not too far from Croydon.
      A bit furhter away, Talad Thai in Putney is worth a visit.
      For middle eastern you'll need to go to Peckham for Persepolis - a lovely shop - or to Golborne Road - a long way from Croydon, but fun.

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        foreignmuck Mar 29, 2009 09:31 AM

        Hoo Hing in mitcham is a big cash and carrry. You can get lots of stuff there, including woks, cleavers and steamers etc etc. All super cheap too...


        1. abby d Mar 30, 2009 12:47 PM

          can i tag onto this - has anyone any tips about good places in london to source ingredients for West Indian and/or Indian/Pakastani/Bangladeshi?

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          1. re: abby d
            foreignmuck Mar 30, 2009 05:46 PM

            For west indian, brixton market. For Indian etc, Southall or brick lane?

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            scranchav Mar 31, 2009 12:03 AM

            indian/bangladesh/pakistani-brick lane/whitechapel area e1 is the postcode' loads of asian supermarkets there, very cheap.
            caribbean- brixton sw9
            turkish-dalston or green lanes e9, n16 postcodes
            lebanese/middle eastern- edgware rd w2
            chinese-gerrard st wc1
            please let me know if you need any more info!

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            1. re: scranchav
              Nii Mar 31, 2009 02:41 AM

              Caribbean/African - Brixton, Sheperds Bush and Tottenham and Peckham.
              As mentioned New Malden for Korean
              Vietnamese - Hackney.
              Thai - Hammermith/Sheperds Bush

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              lovelylondon Apr 1, 2009 12:15 AM

              The Japan Centre Supermarket next door to the restaurant at 212 Picadilly - they even mill their own rice there and you can choose anything from full brown to white

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