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KC City Market favorites?

Melanie Wong May 12, 2011 10:09 AM


While I won't have a chance to catch the Saturday farmers market at City Market, I could stop on the way to the airport for the Sunday market. My other alternative to see just the permanent vendors would be on a Friday when I'm in that part of town.

Are there enough Sunday vendors to make it worthwhile? Or should I just pop in on Friday when I'm nearby.

What are your favorites at this market?

City Market
20 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106

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    chileheadmike May 12, 2011 12:44 PM

    Heung Viet ( I hope I spelled that right) is in the City Market excellent Pho, they also have a fried shrimp and sweet potato app that is one of my favorite things to eat anywhere.

    Al Habashi is a great Middle Easter store. Excellent spices for $1 per scoop. Might look kinda funny getting on a plane with a bunch of plastic bags filled with herbs though.

    The Italian market on the North side is good, as is the coffee shop.

    I've never had much luck with the permanent produce vendors on the West side.

    City Market
    20 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106

    3 Replies
    1. re: chileheadmike
      amyzan May 13, 2011 09:36 AM

      Are the shrimp and sweet potato appetizers like banh tom, the little fried cakes you wrap in lettuce leaves and dip in nuoc mam chanh (the dipping sauce with chili?) I LOVE those, and only ever found them out in Cali. The ones I'd thus found here were what I can only assume to be some quicker, easier version that didn't quite hit the mark...Wish I could go to City Market this weekend, hmmm...

      1. re: amyzan
        chileheadmike May 13, 2011 11:34 AM

        They are small sticks of sweet potato that are batter dipped, shrimp paste is somehow "stuck onto" the sweet potato before frying. I don't remember there being any lettuce to wrap but they are served with a slightly sweet dipping sauce. It comes on the plate as a large disk, you break off pieces and dip in the sauce.

        Really, really good stuff. It's a must before having a giant bowl of beef tendon pho.

      2. re: chileheadmike
        Melanie Wong May 17, 2011 08:50 PM

        Any new finds last weekend?

        Hien Vuong Restaurant
        417 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105

        Bloom Baking
        15 E 3rd St, Kansas City, MO 64106

        Al Habashi Market
        315 Main St, KC, MO 64106

      3. wekick May 12, 2011 11:46 AM

        Don't miss Bloom Baking-a permanent vendor open 7-4 Fri or Sun I believe.

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