I’ve seen my fair share of ethnic grocery stores, but Green Onion Market on South Neil Street is one of the largest and best set-up. Clean, brightly lit, and complete with shopping carts, it felt more like a miniaturized version of a regular grocery store, save the fact that the products are mostly Asian. There is even a half-aisle devoted to kitchen goods such as tea sets, cutlery, dishes as well as cookware like woks, pots and pans. Though a wide variety of Asian food products are represented, the store manager said that the majority of the goods are Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese.
Green Onion Market contains several pantry aisles are very easy to navigate, and include staples such as vinegars, marinades, spices, over 8 different types of noodles, rice, and packaged meals. There is also a great selection of Asian sodas and juices in fun packaging. Many of the items come in a range of sizes, from smaller boxes of rice to 50lb bulk bags toward the back of the store. In the produce section there are typical grocery store fruits and veggies, but you’ll also find Asian items more readily than in a normal grocery store including bok choy, Korean squash, king oyster mushroom, bean sprouts and edamame.
The frozen foods section is sizeable and includes egg rolls and other microwaveable dinner dishes. I was very impressed with the fish variety, which included frozen shrimp, crab and lobster as well as whole squid, pollack and mackerel. There’s also a refrigerated deli area which has packaged dishes as well as cold drinks and Asian beer and wine. Everything in the deli is homemade with no MSG.
Here are some items that caught my eye:
- In the deli I bought a sizeable container of Jap Chae, a steal at $3.99. The clear noodles were tossed with soy sauce, sesame seed, mushroom, carrot, onion and spinach.
- The deli also has homemade cabbage-cut kimchi, made weekly and stored in glass containers. It comes in a variety of sizes, but ¼ gallon sells for $3.99
- In the frozen foods section you can find many different types of wrappers for egg rolls and items of the like. For $2.49 you can get a package of frozen spring roll pastry wrappers that contain 50 sheets.