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Sep 12, 2009 10:36 AM

Asian Grocery/Market in Portland area?

I'm looking for an Asian grocery store in Portland. Any tips?

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  1. SE Asian: Haknuman Meanchey, Forest Ave, or Mitpheap, Washington Ave.
    Chinese: Hong Kong, Congress St. at St. John, right next to Dogfish. (Sometimes they truck in baked goods from Boston Chinatown -- I got egg pastry rolls there once that were still warm.)
    Japanese, Korean & smattering of Indian: Sun, Congress St. in the Arts District.

    The big Hannaford on Baxter Blvd often has Asian produce and also a pretty decent Asian grocery and frozen selection. (for a regular supermarket, that is)

    Hope that helps.

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    1. re: the_MU

      My husband just reminded me about Vientiane, on Brighton Ave at the other end of St. John, which has good Thai takeout (I like their peanut sauce v. much), and is a dusty, faded-labels type Asian grocery as well. No produce to speak of but you can buy sauces and dried noodles and other non perishables. If you order food, beware the long wait at dinner.

    2. There's also Makot Pech on Saint John St, and the Indian market Masala Mahal in South Portland.

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      1. re: anestes

        Yay! I didn't know there was an Indian grocery in S. Portland. Don't get over there much. But yay again!

        1. re: the_MU

          Masala Mahal in South on Route One #798 towards Scarborough. It is really well stocked and worth the trip. Best cilantro in town by the by.

      2. If you are more in the Saco/Biddeford area, a convenient stop is Trans at 129 Elm St. in Biddeford. Their selection is well curated, meaning small but meets my needs. Lots of fresh veggies, dry noodles; don't skip the freezer cases, and the closet full of rice. Interestingly, also great prices on bleu cheese and other diary.