Have you ever read Make the Bread, Buy the Butter? In it, author Jennifer Reese explored what foods a person should make themselves and what they should just buy. It’s an informative book, and her discussions for and against making things are quite funny at times. When I wrote the post about keeping goats in New West, I had some of her narrative in mind.
Chow mein is a dish like that for me. While it doesn’t have a terribly long specialized list of ingredients, it does have some specific ones, and factors like what brand of noodles, spices, oils and sauces you use can make a big difference with homemade versus restaurant chow mein. One of my food goals this year (what, don’t you make food goals?) is to learn how to make great chow mein at home.
I asked on Twitter this month where people go to buy specialized ingredients for their recipes and I’m sharing the responses here in case you’ve got a food goal of your own.
I’ve linked to the website if they have one, or their Yelp or Google Review page if not. they are arranged alphabetically. Below are the tweets with some personal notes from the locals who recommended them.
And please share any others you’d like to add and I’ll update this list!
- AL An’am Halal Meat and Food, 940 12th Street – fresh halal meats, Arabic and Middle Eastern groceries
- Best Season Produce, 71 10th Street – Asian pantry items and produce
- Bulk Barn, 805 Boyd Street – lots of bulk items, including some spices
- Caribbean Market, 804 12th Street – Caribbean, African, and Newfoundland foods. (yes, really.)
- Denny’s Market, 706 6th Avenue – produce and pantry items, mostly Asian cooking but some other ethnicities too
- Donald’s Market, 810 Quayside Drive – large selection of organic and unique ingredients as well as household items
- Ezawa’s Africa Market, 819 12th Street – African foods
- Galloways, 702B 6th Avenue – spices, grains, flours, pulses, plus lots of treats and organic shopping
- Holland Shopping Centre, 141 E. Columbia Street – Dutch and European deli and pantry items
- Longtail Kitchen, 810 Quayside Drive – spices, sauces, and other Thai ingredients
- Pinoy Dragon Mart, 919 12th Street – Filipino grocery items
- Wild Rice Market Bistro, 810 Quayside Drive – source for spices and sauces for Asian cooking
Further afield but also good choices:
- Bosa Foods, 1465 Kootenay Street, Vancouver – Italian specialty foods
- Choices at the Crest, 8683 10th Avenue, Burnaby – lots of organic options, some bulk foods
- H Mart, 329 North Road, Coquitlam – many kinds of Asian foods, mostly Korean, huge selection. Good meat and produce prices too.
- Persia Foods, 6791 Kingsway, Burnaby – big selection of imported pantry items
@10thToTheFraser best season on 10th
— Melinda M (@Mondor13) January 4, 2016
@10thToTheFraser a few Asian ingredients and a decent selection of gluten free and stuff like that are at Donald’s at the quay.
— Chelsea Watt (@chelsetron) January 4, 2016
— Patrick Johnstone (@PJNewWest) January 4, 2016
@10thToTheFraser +1 for Donald’s market! Choices at the Crest is almost new west! They’ve got great options!
— Shannon (@shanneranner) January 4, 2016
@10thToTheFraser Holland Shopping Center.
— Wes (@eastvancity) January 4, 2016
@10thToTheFraser Galloways. It’s the best
— rubycampbell (@rubycampbell) January 4, 2016
@10thToTheFraser there are a few stores in our old hood, 12th street.
— Big Star Sandwich Co (@bigstarsandwich) January 4, 2016
@10thToTheFraser Galloway’s and Donald’s Market
— Dannielle Levan (@nionvox) January 4, 2016
@10thToTheFraser Denny’s market on 6th St also a go to place for me.
— HungryMedic (@HungryMedic) January 5, 2016
— Mark (@lifeinnewwest) January 5, 2016
@10thToTheFraser 12th St also has a Caribbean joint that has some assorted sauces and spices.
— Neal Michael (@nealdmichael14) January 6, 2016
@10thToTheFraser Little Lebanon, as I call that strip of 12th street between 10th Ave and 8th Ave; and also upper 6th Street!
— Ecstatic Dance NW (@EcstaticDanceNW) January 8, 2016
— Wild Rice Bistro (@wildricebc) January 8, 2016
@10thToTheFraser i’ve seen a few Phillipino grocerettes around town as well.
— Royal City Family (@RoyalCityFamily) January 4, 2016