Food Lovers' Guide: Asian Specialty Markets
A World of Goods: Look East for Healthy Cuisine
Saigon Asian Market is truly a supermarket of ethnic foods. Set on its own parking lot in downtown Nashua, the market sells a wide variety of produce, fresh poultry and meat, including pork bellies and shank, as well as a selection of fresh produce, noodles, rice, hard-to-find spices and sauces used in a wide variety of Asian cuisine including Vietnamese, Indian, Filipino, Thai, Japanese and Chinese cooking. The seafood section even sells live crabs. The owner drives down to New York City to get the fresh fish. On Saturdays the market imports a variety of fresh Vietnamese sandwiches, or bánh mì, as well as breads and desserts, but you have to be early, they sell out quickly.
Saigon Asian Market
33 Pine St.
93 S. Maple St. # 4
Tom Yung Kung (Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp)
A hot and spicy soup and a favorite among Thai people. A clear broth with mushrooms, shrimp and the distinctive scent of Thai herbs such as lemon grass, lime leaves and lime juice.
- 9 shrimp
- 7 ounces halved straw mushrooms
- 9 Thai chilies, lightly crushed
- 1 lemon grass stem
- 5 kaffir lime leaves
- 1 tablespoon roasted chili paste
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 cups chicken stock
Garnish: kaffir lime leaves, slices of lemon grass and Thai chilies
- Remove the outer layer of the lemon grass stems and wash thoroughly. Cut off stems 2 1/2-inch from base and slice diagonally into 1/4-inch pieces.
- Boil chicken stock, add lemon grass and continue boiling until fragrant. Then add straw mushrooms and shrimp until cooked. Add fish sauce, lime juice, chili paste, kaffir lime leaves and chilies.
- Boil once more. Pour Tom Yum Kung into a serving bowl, garnish with kaffir lime leaves, slices of lemon grass and chilies. Serve hot with fragrant cooked jasmine rice.
Note: If raw spices are difficult to obtain, use Maesri Tom Yum paste.
Hidden Treasure: Nashua's Greek community has beat a path to Liamos Market at 295 Lake St. (603) 882-1381 since 1927 for Kalamata olives, feta cheese, Greek bread and other ethnic staples. The lamb marinating in a tub behind the deli counter, freshly baked baklava and kourabiethes (shortbread almond sugar cookies) in the unpretentious neighborhood convenience store is worth the trip alone.
Lo’s Seafood & Oriental Market Inc.
A family-owned Asian food market that sells hard-to-find groceries and fresh fish. They are always looking for new products, so there is always something new to try.
1976 Woodbury Ave.
295 Daniel Webster Hwy.
Siberia Food Market
259 Main St.
100 Willow St.
Asian Super Store
Contrary to their name, they mainly sell Indian groceries.
24 Hanover St.
Lanna Asian Market
Groceries from all over the continent of Asia.
495 Amherst St.
Ali Baba Supermarket
A multicultural market
590 Second St.