Burmese Store (Asian Grocery)
Seeing the discussion in the Hard Hat thread and passing by last night, I stopped in the Burmese Store.
Imagine an Asian supermarket, miniaturized to 200 sq ft. The store is a long room.
Most of the items are from Thailand and other countries. I didn't see a lot of items from Burma.
They have a refrigerator with drinks and two freezers with meat, fish and veggies.
I had a simple conversation about the store with the lady who was working there. She also said that a friend has plans to open a Burmese restaurant in Austin next year.
7135 N Lamar
SE corner of Lamar and St John's. In the small shopping center with a Cricket store.
The entrance is on the St John's side of the building
Thanks! Just a couple of questions. What is your general feel for prices? Are the meat/fish/veggies unusual? Since Myanmar was a closed country until very very recently, I wonder if Burmese-specific item have to come from expats living in Thailand or Bangladesh. I'm so confounded with all the different asian cuisines - I cannot tell from which country an item might be specific unless I see the country of origin on the label. An example is when I used to buy "Phu Quoc" fish sauce cause I heard that was the sh%t. It was actually sub-par and produced in Thailand. Kinda like Sqwertz' Boudreaux's crawfish that were actually chinese.
Currently trying to focus on a single country at a time and use recipes, as my preparations have been sub par considering the amt of time invested.
Hope the Burmese restaurant is successful. No matter what one thinks of Bourdain, that was a mouth-watering and very interesting episode. Watch this short vid of how they power their "ferris wheels." It's fun.
I felt the prices were more expensive than the big Asian supermarkets. The meat/fish/veggies seemed pretty standard for an Asian market. The selection is very small, which will become very apparent if you go into the store. Eight people would make the store packed.
I didn't find much unusual/Burmese items that I was hoping to find.
I do get the feeling that they can't get items direct for Burma, so items from Thailand/China/etc. are the closest available. I wanted to ask about that and other things but the language barrier was high, so I held back.