Lanna Asian Market has moved
I don't get to Nashua very often so I had a hard time finding Lanna Asian Market's new location. Fortunately, some at the ice cream place knew that it was still on the same side of Amherst St (Rt 101A) but further west. As you can imagine, driving 101A and trying to read store signs at the same time is difficult. Check the address before you set out.
When I visited yesterday the aisles were still stacked with inventory but it wasn't too bad. The market is much larger than the old location, maybe twice the size. Despite being smaller than Saigon Asian Market, they have things the other one doesn't.
Lana is definitely my go to place in the area, the "new" location is where the old Peters Pharmacy & Post Office used to be, next to Enterprise rent a car. And as Dave B mentions they've been there for over a year now, but just in the past ten days or so they've been adding some new shelving and cold cases, which is why there was inventory stacked in the aisles when dfrostnh was there.
Sort of off thread, but do you guys think there is enough interest in this area (greater nashua/Manchester) for an Asian centric cooking/dinner group?
I know the Chinese cooking classes at Concord community ed are popular.
Alas, since I'm not in the Nashua area, I wouldn't be able to participate in a cooking/dinner group. And that's why I didn't know Lanna had moved. (but could have sworn I had been there once during the past year, apparently not.)
Last year I grew some yard long beans thinking they were going to be like regular green beans. I am not cooking them correctly. I'm growing them again this year so I can try again but I planted them late and they are just about to blossom. I would love to be able to donate them to someone else to cook while I watched.
They've been in their new location for perhaps a year. I love to go in and browse around. So many things to inspire the Asian cook that may be lurking within. I'd like to go in and have a guided tour through the store by an Asian food expert so I might understand more of the potential of the cusine..... the selection of wild and crazy items is bewildering.
For those who don't know where it is, Lanna is at the intersection where the tech school/community college is..... Amherst St (101A) and Thornton Rd. Parking is always available in the lot among the other stores and the little plaza behind Lanna where the India Palace restaurant is.
re: Dave B
Dave, have you ever taken one of their cooking classes? Despite the distance, I've been tempted.
Also, for a tour, I highly recommend Michelle Topor's tour of Boston's Chinatown. She's not the one who gives the tour. The man who does is very good. We went to various shops, got food samples and ended with a dim sum lunch. The tour included a visit to a grocery store with focus on explaining the fresh produce, fish and meat. We did not go in the live chicken shop but he explained it.
Of course, I'm still bewildered by all the products but now own a few.