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Saigon Market Manchester NH--WOW

whs Apr 25, 2010 05:35 AM

Thanks to Manchester hounds for alerting us to this place. We've been back every weekend since we discovered it. Yesterday, it was the world in a microcosm--Vietnamese pop songs blaring, Nigerians and Nepalese and Dominicans and Koreans shopping for dried cod, garam masala, masa, and kimchee. We scored some excellent banh mi sandwiches, got some pork belly for dinner tonight, and marveled over the produce. Aside from Whole Foods, it's the only other place I've seen pea tendrils. I'd love to know what some of those mysterious vegetables are!

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    martenssons Apr 25, 2010 05:58 AM

    Could you give some detail of what day and where the market is? And is a "farmers" market as well as world foods market?
    Thank you.

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    1. re: martenssons
      whs Apr 25, 2010 06:12 AM

      It's a third world supermarket located in a strip mall near S. Willow Street:

      Saigon Asian Market
      93 South Maple Street
      Manchester, NH 03103-5749
      (603) 644-3555

      There's a fish department that sells head-on fish and the meat/poultry section has parts of the animal you normally don't see at Hannaford i.e. pig snouts and uteri.

      1. re: whs
        lexpatti Apr 25, 2010 06:57 AM

        Have you been to the new one on Massebesic (just before you turn onto Valley)? I haven't yet but keep saying I will.

        1. re: lexpatti
          whs Apr 25, 2010 07:53 AM

          No, first I'm hearing about it. Do you know the name?

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            lexpatti Apr 25, 2010 12:31 PM

            here's the info:

            1. re: lexpatti
              whs Apr 25, 2010 03:43 PM

              Here's the website: http://www.saharamarket.org/index.html
              Looks like a Middle Eastern halal market. Thanks for the tip!

        2. re: whs
          dfrostnh Apr 25, 2010 10:52 AM

          Fresh items like bahn mi sandwiches arrive at the market around 11:30 on Saturdays. They also sell freshly baked sandwich rolls and a variety of pastries, pork rolls, etc. I usually buy something new each time I go. Last time it turned out to be a delightful dessert of apricot, banana and a sweet coconut sauce.

          Some of the produce like shitake mushrooms are less expensive than the regular supermarkets like Hannaford. I discovered choy sum which you never find outside an Asian market. Oyster sauce is cheaper for the same brand at Shaw's only you can find larger bottles. Great variety of dried noodles. It's a good size market.

          1. re: dfrostnh
            lexpatti Apr 25, 2010 12:30 PM

            wish I was in Manch on Sat.s, heard about the wonderful food they put out early.

            1. re: lexpatti
              whs Apr 25, 2010 03:46 PM

              The last few times we went, the banh mi sandwiches were sold out, but it must have been a slow Saturday, because there was still a large selection around 12:30. BTW, the pork belly is braising and smells incredible--marinated in soy, mirin, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and star anise...yum.

              1. re: lexpatti
                dfrostnh May 3, 2010 04:22 AM

                I was in Manchester yesterday (Sunday) so stopped in at the market for fresh vegetables. It turns out that fresh food is also delivered on Sunday. It was 3:30pm and quite a few bahn mi left ... but I decided they had been out too long without refrigeration.

                1. re: dfrostnh
                  whs May 3, 2010 03:42 PM

                  or maybe they were left over from Saturday...lol. Actually, if you look at their smoked pork belly and other preserved items, I think the meat is designed to take a beating. As long as the bread and veggies are fresh, you don't need to worry.

                  1. re: whs
                    dfrostnh May 4, 2010 09:36 AM

                    No, I asked because there was a lot of food there so it looked like it must have come in that day but I didn't want to assume anything. I've been there late Sat afternoons and there hasn't been much left. Almost bought a pork roll to make my own bahn mi. Maybe next time. Actually, if I hadn't had a friend with me who was slightly scandalized by food left out like that, I probably would have bought a bahn mi to eat for supper that night. I ate a scallion roll last night and I'm still alive to tell about it.

                  2. re: dfrostnh
                    dfrostnh Jun 20, 2010 04:18 AM

                    Thanks to the Nashua garden tour I decided to check out Saigon Market in Nashua on Pine Street. Spotless aisles. They also have fresh food on Sat mornings (probably Sundays, too, but check ahead). Bought a great sandwich plus a dessert for lunch. The dessert is slices of fresh bananas in a very thick orange gelatin-like mixture sprinkled with sesame seeds accompanied by a little cup of coconut milk.

                    Last weekend we were coming thru Portsmouth on Sunday so stopped at Lo's Seafood Market. They also get fresh food on weekends but there were different items. We got a deep fried pastry. Were going to get some fresh rolls but they apologized and said they were leftover from Sat and couldn't be sold. The sunday delivery hadn't arrived yet. Got some lovely oyster mushrooms among other things plus, for you gardeners, there was still a small selection of seeds for oriental vegetables.

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