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LOOKING TO BUY CHINESE COOKWARE IN SEATTLE

tedinfridayharbor Feb 26, 2011 02:49 PM

I recently dug out my wok after about 25 years in storage and am ready to once again conquer Chinese Stir-Fry... but, I have lost all my accessories, including my chef's knife. Coming to civilization soon and need advice for a good source... Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. babette feasts RE: tedinfridayharbor Feb 26, 2011 03:44 PM

    Dong Vinh, 3201 Utah S

    Off 1st ave S, just south of Home Depot. Primarily asian-oriented restaurant supply.

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      tedinfridayharbor RE: babette feasts Feb 27, 2011 10:02 AM

      Thanks, babette feasts... this is exactly what I was looking for. A friend of mine who lived in Seattle suggested Uwajimaya, but I love a restaurant supply store!

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        babette feasts RE: tedinfridayharbor Feb 28, 2011 11:19 AM

        Uwajimaya is some good shopping, with any Asian condiment your heart may desire, hello kitty supplies, Japanese bookstore, food court. Their cookware selection is good but retail. Nice rice cookers in varying sizes, dishes and bowls, teapots, high-end knives. Stop in if you have an hour or two to spare.

        Dong Vinh is much more utilitarian - dim sum steamers, cheaper knives. I go there for basics like spatulas and strainers but always enjoy looking through the Asian selection too.

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        Uwajimaya
        600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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          tedinfridayharbor RE: babette feasts Feb 28, 2011 11:42 AM

          Hi Babette... I can almost feel myself walking down the isle at Dong Vinh... meet you there at 3 on Wed. And, will be stoping by U for sure for condiments. Have you heard of a place called 'Hoven's' ?

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            babette feasts RE: tedinfridayharbor Feb 28, 2011 01:34 PM

            Not familiar with Hoven's. Do tell.

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              tedinfridayharbor RE: babette feasts Feb 28, 2011 02:05 PM

              I have this posted under 'Cookware' too, and someone who used to live in the area said there was a Chinese "five & dime" in the International District called something like Hovens... some time ago and didn't know if it was still there... could not find an internet listing.

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                Jeri L RE: tedinfridayharbor Feb 28, 2011 02:09 PM

                "five and dime" makes me think it was probably Higo. Alas, the ladies retired years ago and it is now some sort of gallery.

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                  cburnsi RE: Jeri L Mar 2, 2011 08:40 AM

                  Oh, I do miss the old Higo! If what you are looking for might be satisfied by a dollar store, try Daiso; they have a location across the street from Uwajimaya.

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                  Uwajimaya
                  600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

      2. re: babette feasts
        tedinfridayharbor RE: babette feasts Mar 18, 2011 10:37 AM

        Thank's for the tip, Andrea... Dong Vinh had everything I needed. Got a basic Dexter knife S5198 for 35 bucks... on Amazon for $45. Uwajimaya is next on my list to check out.

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        Uwajimaya
        600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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          tedinfridayharbor RE: babette feasts Mar 18, 2011 10:52 AM

          Babette... my reply posted down below... wanted you to know I appreciate your advice.

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          cburnsi RE: tedinfridayharbor Mar 2, 2011 08:38 AM

          Dong Vinh is just what I recommend and no ID shopping trip is complete without Uwajimaya. May I also suggest Viet Wah on Jackson? Often when I can't find what I need at Dong Vinh and don't want to pay the prices at Uwaji I will find what I need at this Asian supermarket. They carry a decent selection of housewares and a good selection of condiments.

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          Uwajimaya
          600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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            tedinfridayharbor RE: cburnsi Mar 18, 2011 10:50 AM

            Thanks cburnsi... see above!

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