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Jul 7, 2010 06:22 AM

Looking for best Asian grocery in Baltimore east of I-83

I've been to all of the big stores on the west side of town but haven't found a really decent one on the east side yet. Any favorites?

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  1. My Shanghainese wife's go to grocery east of I-83 is the Towson Oriental Grocery at 8424 Willow Oak Rd. This is just east of Loch Raven and south of Joppa. AA Supermarket and H-Mart are larger, but you can get a lot of things in Towson without making the trip west.

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    1. re: suttonri

      I'm heading there to check it out right now. Hope you are well.

      1. re: Vespa1

        I liked this place a lot, especially the mystery chest freezers. They had the 2 things I was looking for; Pearl River Bridge soy sauce and 3 Crabs fish sauce. I'll definately be going back.

        1. re: Vespa1

          Glad you liked it. What about the 3 Crabs fish sauce do you like? I recently ran out of fish sauce and perhaps I need to try this brand.


          1. re: suttonri

            It's my first time trying it. I have seen this brand recommended in recipes and on blogs, etc. I'll taste it head-to-head with what ever it is I have now and report back.

            1. re: Vespa1

              The 3 Crabs fish sauce definately came out on top. I tasted it next to a brand called Tiparos which I think I bought at Wegman's. The 3 Crabs sauce had a greater depth of flavor and was much less salty. 3 Crabs was also 3X the price at $4.50 but still a bargain.

              1. re: Vespa1

                Just found this small article on fish sauce:
                Tons of reciepes on this site, too. Go to bottom of page and click "Return to cookbook index"

          2. re: Vespa1

            The mystery freezers are scary and intriguing.
            I find the cashiers there to be much less then friendly, thats my only complaint. One chucked my change on the counter.

            1. re: hon

              We have always been treated well there, but we've been going there for the better part of a decade. They've pretty much watched our 5-year old growing up. Still havn't purchased anything from the freezers though...


      2. Perhaps my views are colored by the fact that it's a mile from our house, but I love the selection and prices at Asia Food on York Road bw Cold Spring Lane and Norhern Parkway. For Indian-only, Punjab at 33rd and Greenmount in Waverly has terrific selection of spices, condiments, etc.

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        1. re: lawhound

          Hmmm...About Asia Food; did they just move to the back of the building? They seemed to change owners about a year ago and the street-front portion got re-modeled. The selection in that store seems to have gotten smaller but I still see a tiny "Asia Food" sign in that alley on the side of the building.

          1. re: Vespa1

            the old Asia Food was much better.
            Towson Oriental is decent, it's behind the shopping center there.

            1. re: hon

              Is that the shopping center where Johnny Dee's Lounge was (or maybe still is)?

              Johnny Dee's Lounge
              1706 Joan Ave, Parkville, MD 21234

              1. re: Hal Laurent

                Yep, "The Lounge" is still there and the grocery store is around the corner on the back side of the shopping center from it.

              2. re: hon

                The "old" Asia Food moved to the back of the building, replaced by a man who thought Stove Top Stuffing was Asian. His business failed about six months ago, so the nice Taiwanese couple with a good variety of Asian fresh and dried foods are back. No, not an H Mart, but saving over an hour's driving makes it attractive for us locals.

          2. There is a new Chinese market off Pulaski Highway that opened this past weekend called Ha-ha Foods. The selection there is quite impressive and the shelves are well stocked with all kinds of Chinese groceries from snack foods to frozen dim-sum to all different varieties of soy-sauce. It may not be as big as the Korean supermarket counterparts like H-Mart or Lotte but for a Chinese grocery store, it's a pretty ambitious endeavor. I do hope they succeed. A little history: this new market is basically the new location of Eastern Foods (1201 67th St Baltimore, MD 21237) which was operating as a small no-frills grocery store with basic items in stock. They have now moved down the street in the same industrial district. Sorry, I don't have an address, but I believe it is now on 65th Street.

            1. There is an Asian Market that people report on Joan Ave, which it is near, but the address is actually"

              Towson Oriental Food Market
              8424 Willow Oak Rd, Parkville, MD 21234
              (410) 665-8432