An Asian supermarket is a category of grocery stores in Western countries that stocks items imported from the multiple countries in East , South and Southeast Asia. Supermarkets in Asia generally except for the Middle East have no equivalent to the "Asian" supermarkets of the West; foodstuffs in each respective Asian country have vastly different regulations and supply chains from one another, so stores are localized for each country's tastes and only carry locally approved items for that market. Examples of this: seaweed snacks, originate in Japan where they are salty or savory, in Thailand they are often spicy and locally produced. Asian supermarkets carry items and ingredients generally well-suited for Asian cuisines and simply not found or considerably more expensive in most Western supermarkets due to low turnover and small quantities. An Asian market is a local food store that primarily caters to a single particular Asian cultural group, but additionally caters to other immigrant groups who do not have easy access to foodstuffs from their country of origin. These markets go farther than a typical market in that they sell quintessential general merchandise, goods, and services related to specific Asian countries of origin and immigrant communities.
This is going to be really cool. Construction has just started on a new Asian Supermarket coming to Boise. Here's where it will be and when it opens. Appropriately, this new market will be part of a Chinatown-style mall at Cole and Ustick in Boise. We don't have to wait long either, the supermarket featuring all sorts of Asian food should be open in August if everything goes as planned.
Sure, your local supermarket has an international aisle where you can get some of the basics you need for Asian cooking , but in terms of variety, price and freshness, you, as a food lover, owe it to yourself to plan an outing to an Asian market. Even when you do see something familiar, like soy sauce, there are 15 varieties to choose from. Never fear! These stores range in size and scope, from mega-marts with acres of condiments from all over Asia, entire aisles dedicated to noodles, and in-house bakeries and restaurants, to compact markets with outdoor produce displays, narrow aisles, and boxes stacked all the way to the ceiling. Think of it as a mini, budget-friendly vacation.