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kirbybirdie Oct 17, 2010 06:20 PM

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.
Thanks!

  1. StriperGuy Oct 17, 2010 06:35 PM

    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.

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    1. re: StriperGuy
      peregrine Oct 17, 2010 09:27 PM

      H-Mart is on the Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington, just inside Rt 128.

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      H-Mart
      3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

      1. re: peregrine
        peregrine Oct 21, 2010 03:49 PM

        Let me add that H-Mart has a food court, about 6 or 8 stands on the far right as you enter, where you can eat in or get takeout. So you could get "prepared-to-order" along with your regular purchases.

    2. Dave MP Oct 17, 2010 08:27 PM

      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.

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        Jenny Ondioline Oct 17, 2010 08:55 PM

        Just to clarify, there is not a CMart in Allston. The store StriperGuy and Dave MP are thinking of is called Hong Kong Market.

        1. re: Jenny Ondioline
          StriperGuy Oct 18, 2010 01:16 AM

          You are correct.

          1. re: Jenny Ondioline
            Dave MP Oct 18, 2010 05:12 AM

            I'm confused about this. I was at this store (formerly Super 88) last night, and they have signs up all over the place that say "Coming Soon: Hong Kong Market"

            So have they already made the switch and just didn't take down the signs?

            Dave MP

            1. re: Dave MP
              Aromatherapy Oct 18, 2010 05:53 AM

              Yup. There's another in Malden, walkable from the T--some prepared foods but I've never tried any, they don't look very enticing. No food court in Malden.

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            nasilemak Oct 18, 2010 05:21 AM

            Ming's homestyle prepared foods are decent, though some dishes are prone to being oversalted.

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            robertlf Oct 18, 2010 02:54 AM

            There's Ebisuya in Medford. They have a couple of cases of prepared foods but not a great selection.

            1. Luther Oct 18, 2010 04:13 AM

              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.

              1. PinchOfSalt Oct 18, 2010 06:00 AM

                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.

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                  sourcandy Oct 18, 2010 06:20 AM

                  C-mart in Chinatown has a great selection. Also not a ton of heat and eat, but they do have frozen bao. Yum.

                  1. Prav Oct 18, 2010 07:00 AM

                    I was just going to suggest John's Market for Korean groceries, in Allston, but someone on Yelp said it's closed.

                    Is it true?? :(

                    EDIT: Ahh, just saw in the August opening/closing thread, that they are indeed closed. Too bad. I liked thier homemade kimchi.

                    1. kobuta Oct 19, 2010 05:40 PM

                      A lot of Asian markets in Chinatown, or within Boston proper. Most of those markets however don't offer prepared foods, as it's probably easier (and tastier) to just buy takeout from your restaurant of choice next door. In the burbs however...you're best bets are indeed Kam Man and HMart as already recommended.

                      1. C. Hamster Oct 20, 2010 08:10 AM

                        Kam Man also has a fun store in its complex full of interesting junk and some real finds.

                        Lots of Engrish/Chinglish.

                        1. galangatron Oct 21, 2010 08:20 AM

                          it's not in boston but battambang supermarket on church street in lowell has a large section of se asian prepared foods. mostly quick lunches like sach ko ang (grilled beef sticks), bok l'hong (papaya salad), and nom ban chok (rice noodles with fermented fish sauce). there is also yummy express on branch street which has banh mi and a wonderful selection of homemade cambodian snacks and desserts

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                          1. re: galangatron
                            StriperGuy Oct 21, 2010 08:59 AM

                            There are some great Cambodian markets in Lynn as well, but hard to get to by car, and darned near impossible by T.

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                            Displaced Hoser Oct 25, 2010 08:57 AM

                            Beware that while many of the places listed so far are good, they are NOT easily transit-accessible by any stretch of the imagination - H-Mart and the Lowell Cambodian places would be a very long slog by bus or commuter train, if they were possible at all. The Allston Super 88 (now Hong Kong Market) is where I went when I didn't have a car; it's very easily accessed by the Green Line, but it's not so big on fresh-prepared (except for takeout from its giant food court). Kam Man is probably the best supermarket in the area for overall selection; as others have mentioned, it's probably a 15-minute walk or so from the T, but that's much more doable than Burlington or Lowell.

                            That said, you can get delicious freshly prepared Vietnamese food at the Vietnamese bakeries in Dorchester, on Dorchester Avenue near the Savin Hill and Fields Corner T stops. My wife and I usually go there for their banh mi (to die for!); but they also have plenty of other stuff freshly prepared, including piles of plastic boxes full of fresh-daily offerings that will still taste great the next couple days (unlike the banh mi, which must be eaten right away). Recommend Banh Mi Ba Le at 1052 Dorchester Ave.

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                            Banh Mi Ba Le
                            1052 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125

                            H-Mart
                            3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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                            1. re: Displaced Hoser
                              C. Hamster Oct 25, 2010 11:38 AM

                              The bus from Quincy Center (I think) goes right by Kam Man

                              http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_map...

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