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Jul 11, 2009 08:34 AM

Help! Asian Market Near Edison

Whenever I come out to Highland Park to visit my Mom, I stock up at the Asian Food Market on Rte. 27 in Edison. Was just hugely disappointed to discover that it closed in mid-June and the new market in Piscataway isn't open yet.

Can anyone recommend an equally, or almost, well-supplied Asian market in the area in the interim? I'm looking specifically for both Chinese and Indonesian ingredients, but would settle for one or the other.

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  1. JoanN - Some Options Close to Highland Park - Edison NJ

    Hong Kong Supermarket Rt 18 East Brunswick NJ - About 4 miles from Highland Park

    Kam Man Rt 1 Edison NJ - About 4 miles from Highland Park

    Great Wall Supermarket Rt 27 Franklin Park - Approx 7 miles from New Brunswick
    The address since the web site is not in English

    Hope this helps

    9 Replies
    1. re: shabbystorm

      Fabulous! Thank you *so* much. I had no idea. I need to run errands on both Rtes 1 and 18 so may get a chance to check out both. I'm truly indebted.

      1. re: JoanN

        The place that closed is going to turn into an H Mart I believe. Can't wait!!!

        1. re: joonjoon

          Never been to an HMart, looks GREAT!

          1. re: joonjoon

            What can you tell us about H Mart? I know it's a Korean chain and I had seen a floor plan of the proposed store, which I'm no longer able to locate, that indicated that a good portion of the store would be prepared and take-out foods. One of the things I liked so much about the Asian Food Market was that I could find a fairly decent selection of Thai and Indonesian ingredients as well as Chinese. Do you know whether or not H Marts in general carry a selection of Asian ingredients beyond just Korean and Chinese?

            Thanks to shabbystorm, I was able to get some of what I was looking for at Kam Man and Hong Kong Supermarket, but was disappointed that neither seemed to carry the range of other Asian ingredients that their counterparts do in Manhattan and Flushing.

            1. re: JoanN

              If it is similar to the Ridgefield, Nj store; yes, it will have some stuff beyond the Chinese and Korean selection but it probably won't carry any more than AFM. In fact, I think you will probably find less Thai / Indonesian stuff at H mart than AFM because the store will probably be predominantly Korean.

              1. re: yCf

                I can't wait till HMart opens! I've been travelling to Cherry Hill and Lansdale whenever I want to buy Korean stuff. I feel that the Koreans have fresher produce than the Chinese markets.

                1. re: wench31

                  Yes, some of the fruits and vegetables sold at Kam Man, AFM, and HK are borderline disgusting in terms of "freshness".

                  1. re: yCf

                    I guess it depends on the time of year, or perhaps even the day of the week. When I was at Kam Man this past Saturday, I thought most of the produce looked marvelous. They had a huge bunch of water spinach for about $1.79 that was better looking than anything I've ever seen in NYCs Chinatown. And I bought some eggplant that looked as though it could have been picked that morning.

                  2. re: wench31

                    I agree. I think when you take into account price, selection, quality and cleanliness, the produce (and fish) at HMart is better than the Chinese markets here.