Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Where to Buy Real Food in Minneapolis? Your Local Asain Market!

If you're searching for healthy snacks such as toasted nori, cooking tools like rice cookers and bento box supplies, or simply fresh herbs and veggies, look no further then your neighborhood Asian grocer. In Minneapolis, United Noodles is the place to find inexpensive produce, everything sushi, exotic fruits like durian and green papaya, not to mention aisles of hello-kitty and Pokemon themed treats (that your kids will undoubtedly beg for).

For 20$ I came home with what you see above; bean sprouts, fresh mint, cilantro, galangal (similar to ginger), ginger root, sushi rice, limes, coconut palm sugar, an English cucumber (which are seedless), two cute rice molds for making lunches like this gal's, and my kids' favorite snack as of late, toasted nori. The toasted, flavored nori (check ingredients as some contain msg) is addictive, which really is fine as it has few calories but a fair amount of protein, vitamin A, and trace minerals such as iodine.

On a totally un-food-related note, here is an adorable picture of Ms. Eliza playing dress-up with her big brother, Ari. She is wearing these beautiful, albeit very large Chinese silk pajamas!

This post is apart of the Nourishing Gourmet's Pennywise Platter and Food Renegade's Fight Back Friday.


  1. Last week I was at my Asian mart where I like to get a lot of veggies, and as I browsed the regular aisles I was thinking that someone who didn't have my kosher limitations could majorly score there!

  2. i definitly have found some good scores, ginger root is 1.99/lb, fresh herbs are about 0.50 a bunch, lemongrass is way cheap too!

  3. I always forget about the Asian market, but you are right about the price! I have to go to my local Asian market again soon.

  4. I love shopping at my local Asian store. It's so great!

    Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet

  5. You can probably also get those freeze dried anchovies, which I've heard good things about. But I haven't had a chance to try 'em!

  6. Asian stores are fabulous for finding real food and naturally gluten-free products. I don't have on close to me, but I visit whenever I can. They offer such bargains, too, as you've shared. :-)

    Your children are darling!


  7. gfe- thanks!

    i seriously felt such relief walking into a huge store that sells very few wheat-containing foods!

  8. michelle- yes, they had lotsof dried fishes, i love dried baby shrimp!