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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.