Ethnic Supermarkets in and around London, especially South
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!
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.
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.
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!
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