I keep hearing about the great international markets around town. I've eaten some amazing food from these places at my friends' homes. But I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't been to many of them.
When I was about to head to my neighborhood supermarket to buy the ingredients to make sushi for a dinner party, my good friend Marcy Tashie looked at me in horror:
"You're not going to an Asian market?"
So Marcy offered to take me on a shopping adventure to Park and Shop Oriental Center at 3664 Summer. This little white building doesn't look like much on the outside and is easy to miss, but boy, is it a treasure trove inside.
They had pretty much everything you'd need to make an Asian-inspired meal and -- even better -- at a great price. For next to nothing, we picked up bags of edamame, scrumptious vegetable dumplings, big bags of sushi rice, nori (the seaweed wrappers used in making sushi) and even a big box of chopsticks.
Now I am determined to take advantage of all the great ethnic delicacies that are available in Memphis. If you know of a great international market I need to check out, please let me know.