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problemchild
10-29-2011, 11:08 PM
When my wife asked if we could "can" up some salsa we jumped in the car and headed over to our favorite asian store for the super cheap produce. I figured I would snap a couple blurry pictures with my phone camera to show just how badly we are getting ripped off at the grocery store.

The prices at the Asian store can be 50-2000% cheaper. Just one item that we needed we save $25 dollars. Tomatoes at the Asian store were $4.99/flat case of Vine tomatoes. The same tomatoes at the normal grocery store are $3.50/lb. We bought 11lbs so our purchase would have been $38.50 for tomatoes.

On to the pictures...

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Giant flats of strawberries (4lbs ?)
http://www.michaelkdickson.com/webjunk/zion%20market/1029111323.jpg

problemchild
10-29-2011, 11:09 PM
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Whole fresh, not frozen, jumbo shrimps
http://www.michaelkdickson.com/webjunk/zion%20market/1029111328.jpg

problemchild
10-29-2011, 11:09 PM
http://www.michaelkdickson.com/webjunk/zion%20market/1029111328a.jpg

PRODRIVE
10-29-2011, 11:13 PM
FYI, you went to korean market

problemchild
10-29-2011, 11:17 PM
FYI, you went to korean market

Yep Koreans are Asian. You got me.

whatpain
10-29-2011, 11:21 PM
haha dude thats nuts. there arent any full size asian markets up here that sucks. did you pick up some kimchi or kimbop while you were there?

Equis
10-29-2011, 11:27 PM
My girlfriend and me like going to Mom's, or Manilla Oriental Market. Store full of awesomeness, I always buy some random packaged thing and try to figure out what it is. LoL

problemchild
10-29-2011, 11:29 PM
haha dude thats nuts. there arent any full size asian markets up here that sucks. did you pick up some kimchi or kimbop while you were there?

Nope just the normal stuff I recognize. They had these fruit (I think) that were huge with spikes all over them. Like a water melon and a porcupine mated or something.

They sell live abalone too, we bought some last time and cooked them up. Nothing like fresh abalone cooked in crackers and butter.

Ricky-Ray
10-29-2011, 11:53 PM
They had these fruit (I think) that were huge with spikes all over them. Like a water melon and a porcupine mated or something.


It was probably Durian. Be warned if you decide to buy one and eat it....

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRcdYw-hEAwBzFa42Z0KdwfAO6VqYBb0dhyaCZSmzg3iom-W-QyFg

problemchild
10-29-2011, 11:58 PM
It was probably Durian. Be warned if you decide to buy one and eat it....

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRcdYw-hEAwBzFa42Z0KdwfAO6VqYBb0dhyaCZSmzg3iom-W-QyFg

Yep thats them. What the heck are those things?

I think an alien got inside.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/D101_and_random_stock.jpg/800px-D101_and_random_stock.jpg

G38xOC
10-30-2011, 12:07 AM
^ i think that came out on fear factor before

Ricky-Ray
10-30-2011, 12:10 AM
It's a fruit. But when you cut it open it's got this very fowl smell, and the taste is suppose to be very very very unique. I've never been able to get past the smell so I don't know first hand how it taste.

bob7122
10-30-2011, 12:19 AM
tastes like ****.

jk never have tasted it. the smell is really bad though.

hey problemchild, where is this market you went to? I am in the OC, near disneyland. is the store near there?

Ricky-Ray
10-30-2011, 12:21 AM
You should try visiting 99Ranch Market if you can. There are quite a few of them in So Cal.

www.99ranch.com

JackOfBlades
10-30-2011, 1:20 AM
lol durian does have a horrible smell but it doesn't taste as bad as it smells to me.

And thanks for the heads up i never realized asian markets had those kinds of deals.

VictorFranko
10-30-2011, 6:06 AM
With an Asian wife, I have been to almost every Asian market from Ventura to Garden Grove, including the Monterey Park-Alhambra area.
The fruit and vegetables seem to be the stuff the better markets don't buy, hence the lower prices.
As far as durian goes, I make the wife keep 'em in the garage if she brings one home becuase they smell so bad.

If you go to one of these markets, buy a couple of these, known as bitter melon:
http://ilovethaicooking.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/untitled-25.jpg?w=398&h=614
Cut in half and scrap out the seeds, then slice thinly. (Slices in the picture are too thick for my taste)
http://ilovethaicooking.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/img_0058.jpg?w=491&h=491
Saute in a frying pan, then add and scramble a couple eggs. (I suggest a little more egg and a little less bitter melon than pictured)
http://ilovethaicooking.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/img_0067.jpg?w=442&h=442
Drizzle with a little of this and dig in!
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-60941604558443_2182_22704849

I discovered this dish while extremely hung over in Saigon one morning.
Great as a hangover cure or just as a healthy meal.

Sanderhawk
10-30-2011, 6:14 AM
All I know is if that guy on that show bizzare food says this is awful ( and he eats anything) i`m assuming this is just gross
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/D101_and_random_stock.jpg/800px-D101_and_random_stock.jpg

Shellshocker66
10-30-2011, 7:20 AM
So along with the markets has anyone tried Asian farmer markets? We have one that is open every Sunday not far from my house, but due to a personal horror story (I have tons of them from my former work) I've been a little leery to go actually see what they have.

*and no the horror story is not related to something bad in the food

VictorFranko
10-30-2011, 7:35 AM
So along with the markets has anyone tried Asian farmer markets? We have one that is open every Sunday not far from my house, but due to a personal horror story (I have tons of them from my former work) I've been a little leery to go actually see what they have.

*and no the horror story is not related to something bad in the food

My local farmer's market is probably 40% Asian growers, never heard of an "Asian farmers market", as in all Asian growers.

Fjold
10-30-2011, 7:43 AM
Andrew Zimmer, the guy who hosts "Bizarre Foods" on the travel channel and travelling the world eating sheep's eyes, monkey anus, etc., won't touch Durian.

Shellshocker66
10-30-2011, 8:13 AM
My local farmer's market is probably 40% Asian growers, never heard of an "Asian farmers market", as in all Asian growers.


Yes as in all Asian growers/farmers and so on. Every Sunday in Sacramento there is a regular farmers market under the freeway (with lots of Asian sellers),and a couple blocks down, same time/day is an Asian farmers market leaning towards the more exotic such as just butchered pigs and pig blood (which is part of my horror story that involved a car accident after someone had just come from the Asian farmers market) and then normal produce items just like the other farmers market.

jyo
10-30-2011, 8:29 AM
Asian markets are a fine source for many items at great prices---I don't agree that most of the stuff is inferior to the big markets---when buying produce, it's always what's right in front of you---check it out before you buy or not. Great prices on many types of canned goods as well.

Neuvik
10-30-2011, 9:04 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/dd/Singapore_MRT_Fines.jpg/471px-Singapore_MRT_Fines.jpg

problemchild
10-30-2011, 9:04 AM
Asian markets are a fine source for many items at great prices---I don't agree that most of the stuff is inferior to the big markets---when buying produce, it's always what's right in front of you---check it out before you buy or not. Great prices on many types of canned goods as well.

Yep and get there early because the Asians are darn picky about their produce, they weed through it and leave only the bruised stuff. Saturday morning Zion has the killer sales so that's when we go. The Zion market is on carson and bloomfield. Ive been to 99Ranch we usually go there for the Salmon sales. Ive got salmon there for as low as 1.99lb.

joe84780
10-30-2011, 10:53 AM
Been going to Asian markets for years. Chinatown in Seattle as a kid, then in Oakland and San Francisco when we moved to Northern California. My father always purchased his seafood from Chinatown markets as it was always either live or very fresh and a lot lower priced than the supermarkets in the burbs where we lived. I loved going to Chinatown as a kid and shopping. There are a lot of markets as well that sell really good Chinese style barbecued pork, dim sum and roast duck. Mmmm!

Produce at the regular grocery stores is a complete rip off. So is a lot of the seafood and meats. My only complaint about Asian markets is the the cleanliness. Seems to be an afterthought. The bigger Asian chain markets like Ranch 99 and such are very clean though. Thanks for the canning report!

Us3rName
10-30-2011, 10:57 AM
Duran is bomb. Definitely an acquired taste.

As mentioned before. Cleanliness... I would not buy chicken or beef at Asian markets. I would buy everything else there. Just not meats. Seafood - maybe. Produce. Yes. Random weird snacks. Yes. Funky unknown stuff - tickles my curiosity... Most of the time not good.

Yugo
10-30-2011, 10:58 AM
this is cause asian markets dont have to deal with UNIONS!

Kid Stanislaus
10-30-2011, 12:06 PM
Yep Koreans are Asian. You got me.

And to my knowledge they alway have been!!;)

Kid Stanislaus
10-30-2011, 12:12 PM
Andrew Zimmer, the guy who hosts "Bizarre Foods" on the travel channel and travelling the world eating sheep's eyes, monkey anus, etc., won't touch Durian.

I don't care HOW foul the Durian smells, I'll eat that before I eat a monkey's butt hole!!:rolleyes:

Got Stuff?
10-30-2011, 12:57 PM
Mexican markets can be a great value as well. We're lucky here in So Cal, where there is a good selection of Asian and Mexican markets.

HeHateMe
10-30-2011, 1:36 PM
If you wanna punk someone, leave some durian in their car on a hot summer day. Just make sure you got a different ride home.

akjunkie
10-30-2011, 2:07 PM
Yep thats them. What the heck are those things?

I think an alien got inside.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/D101_and_random_stock.jpg/800px-D101_and_random_stock.jpg

They smell REAL REAL bad. I should know my wife eats that crap all the time.

thenodnarb
10-30-2011, 2:09 PM
Look for local produce markets. There is one just a few hundred yards from my house that has pretty good prices on produce. If you buy cases of stuff like apples, you can get even better prices than the per pound price. 50cents per pound of apples is a good price though. I wanted to make cider this year but the local apple crop was terrible. I may have to find this asian market that you went to because at 50cents per pound of fuji, I could make a batch of cider. thanks for the tip!

radioburning
10-30-2011, 2:51 PM
Went to the Mexican market around the corner this morning, got a dozen eggs for $1.29. Definitely some cheaper goods to be had at the small markets.

GunGreg2107
10-30-2011, 4:55 PM
I figured the zion market mentioned was at carson and bloomfield, I used to work for a company that was responsible for the lights and signs in that whole center. I have been in the back of the store and the employee only area many times and can tell you its very clean and I have eaten things from the many times. Also PC next time your there check out the pawnshop in the building thats separate with the nail shop and sushi place I have gotten some killer deals there including 2 40% silver dollars that the owner did not know were silver.

kwest10
10-30-2011, 5:34 PM
this is cause asian markets dont have to deal with UNIONS!

winner winner chicken dinner.
This isn't a phenomena limited to Asian/ethnic markets. Trader Joe's is non union and has low prices. I just paid $1.68 for 5 bananas at Albertsons...TJ's would have been 95 cents.

Paltik
10-30-2011, 6:11 PM
You have to have the wrong gene (or not have the right one) to "appreciate" durian, in which case you'll probably crave it. To me, durian comes closest to rotten onions.

But other candidates for large spiky fruit include jackfruit or soursop:

http://www.virtualherbarium.org/images/Jackfruit/jackfruit-howtouse.jpg
Jackfruit has a strong perfume which can become nauseating after awhile. It has a sticky milky sap.

http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/hawaii/2010/08/05/soursop312x393.jpg
Soursop is delicious, sweet and tart.

nrgcruizer
10-30-2011, 7:24 PM
It was probably Durian. Be warned if you decide to buy one and eat it....

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRcdYw-hEAwBzFa42Z0KdwfAO6VqYBb0dhyaCZSmzg3iom-W-QyFg

There are two other fruits that looks like this and doesn't come smelling like decaying flesh - jackfruit & guyabano.

Be advised. Do not crack a durian open in the house, unless you want it to smell like a morgue full of decaying flesh. My mother cracked one open and the rotten smell stayed in the house for a couple of days.

I'm not crazy about Durians or bittermelons. Wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. And I'm Asian.

HIG541
10-30-2011, 7:31 PM
durian tastes like a cat fetus stuffed with old onions that was left in a drawer full of dirty socks

Scout2Diesel
10-30-2011, 8:57 PM
durian is not so bad. kinda creamy. Its better if you don't see what it looks like and how (and as) it is prepared. I think people have been killed by falling durians.

AEC1
10-30-2011, 9:15 PM
Prices are low cause they are noy unionized, at the martket, or the supply chain....

mcsoupman
10-30-2011, 11:41 PM
Love me some asian markets. Used to go to Mitzua in Costa Mesa all the time. Shop and stop for some sushi for lunch. It's all good.

creampuff
10-31-2011, 12:06 AM
durian tastes like a cat fetus stuffed with old onions that was left in a drawer full of dirty socks

I'm Asian, so I guess I'll try it eating the cat parts if it is for free. How many days was it left in the drawer?

jpham96
10-31-2011, 12:40 AM
I find it funny how people always say that durian smells and tastes bad. I just cracks me up. I'm Asian and I like the fruit but I do have Asian friends that can't stand it. lol