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May 21, 2010 01:48 PM

buying chinese herbs


does anybody know a place around the North Andover area that i can purchase natural chinese herbs??? I was in Chinatown in Boston today and it was a zoo and couldn't stop. I'm looking for things like Panax Ginseng, Maca, Sarsaparilla, Horny Goat Weed, etc. I'm looking to make an all natural soup for energy. Old chinese friend told me the herbs to get. Any help would be great. I'd like to get it somewhere up here instead of having to go back to Boston, but i'll take Boston recommendations as well. I was at Ming's on Washington St today and they told me somewhere on Harrison Ave to go to but like i said, Chinatown was a zoo this afternoon


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  1. They were probably referring you to Nam Bac Hong on Harrison, which is one of the few Chinese herbalist stores in the area. Most supermarkets will sell a very small selection of the most common herbs or dried fruits/plants used in soups. For some, more potent herbs you have to go to a specialist like the one above.

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    1. re: kobuta

      There is also one on Tyler street below ground level aprox across from the parking lot next to China Pearl

      China Pearl Restaurant
      9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. re: hargau

        Also try E. Sang Tang in Allston, might be less crowded if not easier to park. It's pretty well stock and I know the owner, BJ, he's nice and accustomed to dealing with, well, non-Chinese, if that matters to you.

    2. if you are in the south shore area, you can go to the herbalist in the Kam Man Marketplace in Quincy near the Braintree line

      . They are right outside the exit of Kam Man supermarket. The lady behind the counter speaks both chinese and english.