For my Oriental Medicine Nutrition class this semester, one of our assignments was to go check out one of the Asian markets in the Phoenix Area. We have two here… either Ranch 99 or Lee Lee Supermarket. I brought David with me because he has an affinity for grocery stores. Our assignment was to find certain products and answer questions about them in an attempt for us to basically see the entire store. I LOVE Asia and all the countries I visited when I was there (post on that coming soon). I went to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Their food was equally as stunning at the sites I saw when I was there and I miss seeing that culture. Well little did I know, this place was right around the corner from my house.
There were some really interesting products in there… some that I wouldn’t touch and some that I really want to learn how to cook with. It’s the same size as a normal grocery store with aisles divided primarily by the different countries. They have Thai food, Japanese food, Chinese food, Vietnam food, Cambodian food, Middle Eastern food, and other random types of food like Mexican and Hawaiian. David was in absolute heaven because they carry Hawaiian Sun fruity drinks that we thought you could only buy in Hawaii!
This might have been one of those products that I didn’t want to eat so much.
They had .59 Chinese soup spoons that I also happen to use for “gua sha,” a type of treatment modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine….SCORE! Gua sha is basically like scraping the skin to get blood flow to the area… feels amazing.
They even had some American products to buy that were less expensive than what you would find in a normal grocery store l
ike $5.99 Bud Select Beer.
Definitely worth going to check out the foreign markets in your city! You can find really unique and I might add, good stuff there:)