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Best San Antonio Asian Grocer

dickgrub May 5, 2013 04:23 PM

Headed to SA to buy Kaffir lime leaves, fresh lemongrass stalks, rice flour, a hunk of galangal, some Thai chiles, etc. Which of the six or so in town is best bet for selection, freshness, etc.

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    saeyedoc RE: dickgrub May 6, 2013 06:21 AM

    Tim's market, Huebner and Bandera.

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      OETex RE: dickgrub Aug 21, 2013 09:17 PM

      I agree Tim's Market is the best overall Asian market in SA

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        amazinc RE: dickgrub Aug 23, 2013 11:47 AM

        Hi Dick..+3 on Tim's market. The help isn't the friendliest, but
        if you know what you're after, it is the place to be. I was in
        Central Mkt. yesterday and noticed that they also have a
        decent selection of galangal, & gingers, but can't say if they
        had lemon grass. I grow Kafir Lime, so I didn't notice that, either. For some canned and pkged. products, right here in
        Kerrville, we have a good market...."Alterations-n-Asian- Market" No, I'm not kidding. 2590 Junction Hwy., in that little strip mall behind the Rio River Café. Deng is a sweetie
        and will help. She also has cellophane noodles, rice wrappers for rolls and a number of other items... jarred pickled ginger, chilis, etc. Give the shop a look the next time you're out that Hwy.

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          dickgrub RE: amazinc Aug 23, 2013 01:30 PM

          AZ, you're good for me! I like the migas at Rio Ranch Cafe if the young cook is cooking, so I go there some, but I am very spooky about "trying" new food stores. Have glanced at that store, but never crossed the threshold. Will do so promptly. And Tuesday, I'm at Tim's. Thanks.

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          H0lyC0w RE: dickgrub Aug 26, 2013 10:53 AM

          Tim's is fairly good but small compared to the larger store called

          Hung Phong Oriental Market
          243 Remount Rd
          San Antonio, TX 78218

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            amazinc RE: dickgrub Aug 29, 2013 11:39 AM

            HolyCow, does Hung Phong also carry cookware? I'm interested in one of those gizmos for serving shabu-shabu
            It has a cooker in the center for broth or oil, a place to put a fire source, then several sections for items to be cooked. When I lived near Seattle, there was a terrific Asian market with all kinds of "stuff" I couldn't identify and I'm kicking myself for not picking up some things there. I'm still in the

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              dickgrub RE: amazinc Aug 29, 2013 12:01 PM

              Amazinc: Your inquiry about cookware reminded me of one of my alltime favorite posts by my alltime favorite food blogger, and it features a piece of cookware that fascinates me:


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              amazinc RE: dickgrub Aug 29, 2013 12:15 PM

              Thanks a ton, Dick. What a fun site. I'm almost in a fava/couscous induced coma. That stew looks perfect! I've never seen one of those, except in magazines, but I bet it
              would be fun to own.

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                dickgrub RE: amazinc Aug 30, 2013 02:29 PM

                Amazinc: Wonder if you are familiar with Diane Bauer and her Thursday Food Depot: about 100 folks inclu. YT pick up raw milk, pastured eggs, various home grown veggies, jams, etc. every Thursday.
                And thanks for Tri County Market on Ralph Fair Rd; bought steak, bacon, sausage, pork, etc Weds; good quality, fair prices, nice folks.

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