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Berns Aug 30, 2004 03:13 PM

We are moving to San Antonio and will be working near Austin. Could anyone recommend some good Chinese or Asian markets or stores where we can shop for the usual "staples" for Asian cooking near either of these cities?
Many thanks,

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    supdog Nov 14, 2011 12:10 PM

    Don't know if this is the one others have mentioned but it is huge, been there several times.

    M T Supermarket‎
    10901 N Lamar Blvd # G
    Austin, TX 78753-3798
    (512) 454-4804

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      thaiguy314 Oct 12, 2011 09:40 AM

      there's hung phong oriental market over by rittiman in san antonio

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        Jaymes Jun 17, 2010 11:55 PM

        If you ever decide to get away for a weekend and come to the largest city in the state, Houston, there is a Ranch 99 here.

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          Lakersbest Jun 16, 2010 10:27 PM

          There is a big Korean store at 1003 Rittiman Rd. You can google it online. I think it is the biggest store in town. I hear its seoul asian market. They recently moved their location across the street. There are mixtures of Korean and Japanese foods. As well as a lil food corner. They have fresh packaged foods ready togo during lunch times and fresh Korean rice cakes on sat. (mainly after noon) They also have selections of korean electronics and gifts. Just a suggestion.

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            asianfoodsa Mar 15, 2010 09:04 PM

            In San Antonio, there are some stores:
            Hung Phong market : 243 Remount Road, San Antonio, TX 78218-3730.
            Vietnam Market : 5360 Walzem Road San Antonio, TX 78218-2123
            These stores sell a lot of Asian Food with reasonable price. You should visit them one day to know more.
            The market day begins in Thursday for two stores.

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              marianne Sep 3, 2004 08:07 AM

              Yesterday, I drove to Austin to get my quarterly supply of beef from The Meat Shop and on the way there spotted Saigon Market/Restaurant 8610 N. Lamar. It is a little larger that the average Quik-Stop or Mini-Mart, but they have packed it to the rafters with all things Asian. I bought fresh lychees; finger bananas, pickled ginger, a quart of garlic chili sauce, an Asian paring knife, ceramic soup spoons, spring roll wrappers, rice/sesame seed crackers and all this for under $15. Not a lot of English spoken, but everyone working there AND the other customers were friendly and helpful. The adjoining cafe has about 6 tables and pho was being dished up as I shopped. Looked and smelled wonderful.
              Next time I go over, I'll eat there and report. Meanwhile don't be put off by the strip mall or the area of town. The market is worth a trip.

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                Jenny Sep 2, 2004 03:22 AM

                In Austin, there is a Korean supermarket on Airport and Lamar in the BigLots! shopping center. There is a mini food court in there for quick Korean lunches. Fiesta (I-35 and, uh, 40th?) has international aisles filled with assorted stuff for usually a lot cheaper than the wholly Asian markets.

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                  Frank M Aug 30, 2004 05:25 PM

                  Hopefully others will name some I have forgotten but theres:
                  Hong Kong Market (183/Ohlen area) and another called
                  My Thanh(I think) on N. Lamar/Anderson area.

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                  1. re: Frank M
                    marianne Aug 31, 2004 09:05 AM

                    In San Antonio, Tim's at 7015 Bandera Road is a large market. The last time I was there I got lots of packaged and frozen stuff, but not a lot of fresh. Also, be warned that the clerks were surly and unhelpful... maybe a language problem or maybe they just didn't like me. Anyway, I got my goodies and left.

                    Maybe other posters can point you to some of the Vietnamese markets in the southeastern part of SA. I hear there are lots of them. Good luck!

                    1. re: marianne
                      OETex Sep 1, 2004 12:15 PM

                      I agree about Tim's on Bandera Rd. It's about 2 miles north of I-410. Tim's has the most variety of asian foods (japanese-korean-philippino-viet-thai) Being japanese I like his selection of japanese foods and good fresh vegetables. He also has fresh chinese BBQ pork (Charsiu). There are some smaller korean and one philippino food stores around the city. I shop at a small korean store near my house for daily staples but usually go to Tim's about once a month for the hard to get items. Tim's is the closest thing in San Antonio to an asian supermarket like other major cities (LA-DC-Houston).

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                        Berns Sep 3, 2004 11:57 AM

                        Thanks everyone for responding. Most helpful!!!

                    2. re: Frank M
                      Nacho Aug 31, 2004 11:38 AM

                      My Than is my favorite purely asian market, but I usually hit Fiesta on I-35 if I'm stocking up on a variety of ethnic items. They have a great international foods section.

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