Ethnic Markets

I love cooking international food.  For dinner tonight we had Chinese Kung Pao Shrimp and a very French dessert of Caramelized Pears.  When we go out to dinner we usually go to an ethnic restaurant.  We are lucky to live in an ethnically diverse city like Los Angeles where we could eat food from a different country every night of the week.  If we want to cook ethnic food at home instead, we have an incredible number of ethnic markets to choose from.  It takes a little research to discover where these markets are and some time to travel the LA freeways to get to them, but when we do it is like a trip to a foreign country only a lot less expensive and time consuming.


Lauren and I are big geeks whenever we enter an ethnic market.  A trait not easily understood by family and other friends.  We have spent hours walking up and down each aisle in an ethnic market picking up products and asking other shoppers how something is used and oohing and aahing our way through the store.    We usually walk out with bags of spices and other goodies that will take us years to use and consume.  Once we visited an Asian market in Little Saigon in the South bay area of LA and we bought tons of Asian snacks after being recruited by the kiosk salesperson for taste tests.   A year later, I still have some of those snacks in my freezer.   Accessibility to varieties of ethnic food products of course will depend on where you live, but I encourage you to go out and visit your local neighborhood ethnic markets and learn about the world through their culinary tastes and food products. Here are a few of mine and Lauren’s favorite ethnic markets.  I would like to read about some of yours.

Middle Eastern & Eastern European

Valley Produce, Reseda

Q Market, Van Nuys

Olive Fresh Garden Marketplace, North Hollywood


Mitsuwa Marketplace, Los Angeles

Marukai Market, Little Tokyo

Nijiya, Sawtelle

Beard Papa’s Bakery, Sawtelle


99 Ranch Market, Van Nuys


Farm Boy, Sherman Oaks

H and K Market, Glendale


India Sweets & Spices, Atwater Village & West Hills

Bombay Spiceland, Northridge

Sri Lankan

Indo Lanka Cash & Carry, Van Nuys


Bangluck Market, North Hollywood


Vallarta Supermarkets, Van Nuys


Monte Carlo, Burbank

Bay Cities, Santa Monica


Grandma’s Deli, Valley Village






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