Asian markets

Fletcher Powell / KMUW

To me, there is nothing as sensually delightful as Asian grocery stores. They have their own character and are as organic and wild as Western groceries are sterile and packaged.

Asian groceries can smell funky, spicy, and a little fermented. Fruits of all sorts in varying stages of ripeness are jumbled all together, some softer and sweeter than others, some bruised, chosen for flavor instead of shelf life. Jars of salted pickles and preserves sometimes crystallize over their seals and add their perfume to the mix. It’s heady, for sure. Embrace the funk, and inhale deeply.

Food: Asian Market

Nov 30, 2012
Fletcher Powell

I love Asian grocery stores. All of those mysterious, oddly named ingredients-- stinky tofu, anyone? Anyone?-- the smell of rice and soy and dried mushrooms. I visit Asian Market on Central, near Hydraulic, often, because it is close to both the restaurant and home.

Thai Binh Supermarket

Mar 11, 2011
Fletcher Powell / KMUW

To me, there is nothing as sensually delightful as Asian grocery stores.  They have their own character and are as organic and wild as Western groceries are sterile and packaged.  As soon as you walk in to one you know you are no longer in the sanitized world of Dillon’s.  Asian groceries can smell funky, spicy, and a little fermented.  If they sell fresh seafood or meat you can smell that, too, a bass note of blood and sea to remind you that death and eating are vitally connected.  Fruits of all sorts in varying stages of ripeness are jumbled all together, some softer and sweeter than othe