Asian supermarkets in the Boston area?
I've just recently moved to Boston and I'm wondering where I can find good Asian supermarkets in the area. I'm looking for some place that sells freshly prepared foods (think HMart or T&T chains in Canada) and is easily accessible by public transit.
There are quite a few. Really depends on where you live. Chinatown area several. South End 2.
H Mart in the burbs / Woburn, CMart in Allston.
Kam Man in Quincy.
None unfortunately do real well on the prepared foods. CMart in Allston at the Comm Ave/Brighton Ave. split has a half decent food court.
Ming's, in the South End on Washington St, is worth checking out. They have a small area with prepared foods, although I've never tried any of it. But they do sell roast pork and other roast meats there too, which is convenient. It's on the Silver Line, and about a 10-15 minute walk from the Orange or Red Lines.
But like StriperGuy says, it all depends on where you live. Other places might be more convenient via public transport, especially CMart in Allston and places in Chinatown.
There's Ebisuya in Medford. They have a couple of cases of prepared foods but not a great selection.
Reliable Market in Somerville is accessible by several bus lines and it has a good selection of ready to eat banchan. Unfortunately I can't think of any Asian stores with a good selection of heat-and-eat type meals. Hong Kong supermarket in Allston sells some but they're of suspicious quality and I wouldn't recommend them.... but as people have mentioned, there's the food court there.
Don't forget Kam Man in Quincy. The T will get you close enough if you are up for a long-ish walk. They have a mini cafeteria area in house that is pretty decent for a meal in conjunction with a shopping trip there.