Assi is full of produce and ingredients that you just can't find anywhere else in our area. There were plenty of ingredients that were a little bit familiar from cooking Asian foods--things like fish sauce, oyster sauce, various noodles (there was a whole aisle of noodles), etc. But there were also plenty of things that were way out of our realm of familiarity.
|No, not worms--fresh turmeric.|
The meat section was a little more familiar. Despite a number of pork innards, black chicken, chicken and duck feet and the like, the meats were mostly what you would find in your supermarket. Most of it looked really wonderful--dark red and marbled beef, fresh looking poultry, pork, etc.
|A big pile of Jackfruit.|
The frozen section had all sorts of things from frozen bonbon-type sherbet coated in sweet rice dough to octopus, meat-filled buns to big bags of "mixed frozen seafood".
Probably the neatest part of the store for me was the produce. In addition to the usual stuff, there's just a load of unusual and exotic things. Fresh turmeric, banana flowers, bitter melon, fuzzy squash, huge jackfruit, alien-like dragonfruit, yard-long daikon radishes, all sorts of tubers, fresh sugar cane, unusual greens, fresh and dried mushrooms, etc etc.
|Spicy Seafood Soup.|
It's definitely worth the trip just to see some of these interesting foods. But if you're in need of Asian ingredients--even more common things like soy sauce, fish sauce, curry paste--the prices are great. It's sort of like an Asian Costco for many products. And if you need something more unusual, I'll bet that they have it in stock.
OK, maybe you don't need to spend 3 1/2 hours there like we did, but you'll be sorry if you don't stop in just to look around for a while sometime. And to get some lunch.
Assi is located at 1222 Welsh Rd. in North Wales. To see more pictures, go to the Dinner's Done Facebook page.