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The Far East isn't so far, after all! - Review by Heather B | Mekong



The Far East isn't so far, after all! 9/20/2006

We have a fairly long history with Mekong, which is a Vietnamese market. I've been shopping here since I was married, in 1992, and my husband had shopped there for a few years before that. Probably about 16 years altogether now. It's close to home, it has a terrific selection of Oriental groceries, they have a small but nice selection of Oriental dishes, and the prices are good. They sell produce, spices, frozen foods, canned goods, and lots of rice, as well as a various other groceries, beverages, Asian and Dutch goodies, and household items. There is an incredible selection crammed into their small store. "Mama Mekong" (as we always call the proprietress) is somewhat aloof but pleasant, especially once she's gotten to know you. She and her husband don't usually volunteer assistance, leaving customers to browse at their own pace, but should you have a question, Mama is right there to help you find what you need. Once in a while, some of the produce will be a little less than fresh (as happens even with large supermarkets), but overall it's good quality--much better than another Oriental market in Everett I used to shop at! It is definitely the place to get ginger, shallots, and limes, though, as well as less common Oriental produce such as galangal, lemongrass, and sometimes even curry leaves. Since it's a Vietnamese grocery, the majority of the foods there are the sort sought by Vietnamese--southeast Asian and Dutch foods. However, there is a selection of foods from other parts of Asia, such as won ton wrappers, sheets of nori, and Basmati rice. Check them out, and maybe you'll find yourself inspired to prepare a curry or some pho tonight! more
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