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May 4, 2010 11:41 AM

New(?) Asian market in Carrboro?

I noticed a newish Asian Market in Carrboro Plaza the other day, a few doors down from the Food Lion. I usually just hit the FL for quick/last minute grocery items, and don't pay much attention to the shops next door, so I don't know how long it's been there. It's clearly smaller than Grand Asia, but looks pretty nice from the outside. Has anyone been in?

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  1. didn't know about it but will have to look into. Given the rise of Gourmet Kingdom and Red Lotus this may help supply them.

    Gourmet Kingdom
    301 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

    1. I believe Rory told me that the asian market that used to be on Rosemary (just before Carrboro) had closed - maybe they moved out there? If anyone gets any info, please let us know.

      1. I stopped by today after work. I don't think it's the same owners as the one on Rosemary (never understood how they stayed in business for so long). It's definitely a small store, but cleaner/brighter than the other small Asian markets in the area.

        From my totally southern white girl perspective, the inventory leans towards southeast Asia more than other local stores - I saw a lot of things with Vietnamese labels, and the only non-fish meat I saw was Laotian style sausage. They have a reasonable produce selection and an impressive frozen fish selection considering the size of the store. The rest of the frozen food section was basic/minimal. They have a few housewares, but not a lot.

        Looks like it will be a good place for emergency sriracha,..

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          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            In North Raleigh, there are at least 2 Korean-focused stores and several stores seem to be focused on Southeast Asia. For a good selection of Chinese or Japanese ingredients, you have to go to South Raleigh, A&C, or Cary.

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

              Yes, but it's an American ingredient that's marketed towards Asian-Americans and not always available in regular grocery stores :)

              1. re: mpjmph

                great news, I can walk there. I wonder if they have Kecap Manis, I love it, though I have giant bottles, Oriental Market on Rosemary St is having a sale, so if anyone wants something it's worth it. I think she sold to the local restaurants as the sizes were huge...

                1. re: mpjmph

                  never noticed that the bottle I have in my fridge is made in USA. However, it is originally a Thai sauce; we had it when I lived in Malaysia & Indonesia. From Wikipedia: Sriracha (Thai: ศรีราชา [sǐrātɕʰā]) is the generic name for a Thai hot sauce named after the seaside city of Si Racha, in the Chonburi Province of central Thailand, where it was first produced for dishes served at local seafood restaurants. It is a paste of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. The puree pronounced /sɪˈrɑːtʃə/ is primarily produced by Huy Fong Foods[1] and is different from the Thai paste from which it takes its name.

                  The flavor of Thai and non-Thai versions is dominated by its central ingredient, hot chilies. To achieve a blend of hot, sweet, and spicy, other items such as sugar, salt, garlic, and vinegar are typically added. Traditional Thai Sriracha tends to be tangier, sweeter, and thinner than non-Thai, which is often thicker in texture.

                  1. re: scrappinJudy

                    Right but the Rooster sauce (as it is called) is different than the traditional sauce as your article points out.

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                      I walked over to this market yesterday; needed some more Kecap Manis. This place is a Thai market only so I was a bit disappointed. Around the World Market is more my thing.
                      But I have to say there refrigerator cases are wild & authentic. I saw a frog in there!

                      1. re: Rory

                        I've been in this place several times. My home cooking has been focused on Chinese and Japanese dishes when I have the time, so I don't find much there for me. There's definitely a southeast Asia spin. I see the distinctive Thai characters on bags of rice. It's a handy place to pick up fish sauce or kaffir lime leaves.

                        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                          I do a lot of Chinese cooking (from the Dunlop books, which if memory serves me correctly you use too), and find *most* of what I need at the Silver Wok on Fordham (15/501). They're pretty helpful too, if you have a problem finding stuff.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            Thanks, LulusMom. I was just in Silver Wok last week. They seemed pretty helpful. I noticed they sell house-made dumplngs which I'll try sometime soon. I bought Dunlop's Hunanese cookbook last month, but haven't cooked from it yet.

                            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                              Tom, you recently moved to Chapel Hill, right? So you may not know about it, but Asia Market next to Guglhupf in Durham is, IMO, the best Asian procery store in the area. Lower prices and better selection than Silver Wok.

                              1. re: bbqme

                                FYI Tom ; the old Oriental Market on W. Rosemary St is re-opened in a smaller form in the nearby Oriental Garden restaurant. I haven't been there so I don't know how much/little they carry. But she used to supply the restaurants and had tons of Chinese/Japanese/Malaysian condiments.

                                bbqme; does the Asia Market next to Guglhuft have the selection that Around the World Market does? As I love the South African Indian chutneys and things..

                                Oriental Garden
                                2120 W Spring St, Monroe, GA 30655

                                1. re: Rory

                                  Hi Rory: The two are very different animals. Asia Market is Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese/Japanese in focus whereas AWM is Indo/Pak in nature. Very little overlap between the two.

                                  1. re: bbqme

                                    Has anyone seen black miso paste aka hatcho miso? I use it in my homemade ramen. I've looked at Grand Asia, the Japanese store in Cary, and every other place except Asia Market.

                                    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                                      I've only seen white (yellow) and brown miso at Asia Market.

                                      1. re: bbqme

                                        Went to Asia Market on 1/8. What a great shop! For me, there's hardly a better Saturday than checking out a new market. They had lots of cool stuff. Not as extensive as Grand Asia or A&C, but much closer than driving across the Triangle. Thanks for the recommendation, bbqme!

                                        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                                          My pleasure. Welcome to Chapel Hill-Durham.

                                    2. re: bbqme

                                      Aha, thanks a lot for explaining. Big difference. I need my Mrs. Ball's chutney:)

                                2. re: Tom from Raleigh

                                  The Hunanese cookbook went on my "must have" list once I'd made a bunch from the Szechuan book. And I do love them both now. I'm not a big meat eater, but the beef with cumin is really great, and the cilantro salad is in pretty heavy rotation at our house. I think the peppers with black beans is also from that book - another really good one.

                                  Maybe I need to make a trip to the place bbqme recommends.

                2. I stopped by looking for some matcha powder. He'd never heard of it. Not points against them or anything, I guess they just don't have a Japanese focus. It seemed like a slim selection from my walk through the aisles, but I'd stop by again. Hope they do well.
                  I do miss the Rosemary street market.

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                  1. re: rajeevofcarrboro

                    For Japanese ingredients, your best bet is the Japanese market around the corner from Super Wok in Cary. I can't think of the name right now. I just think of it as the Japanese market. The shopping center is a treasure trove of ethnic delights.