What I buy at Asian Pacific Market

One of my too-many trips to the grocery store last week was to Asian Pacific Market (off Platte and Wooten).  I thought I’d show you what I buy there when I go.

Sauces are always on my list of things to buy when I head there, and this time I purchased hoison sauce and oyster sauce.  I also bought coconut milk, Chinese egg noodles, bok choy, mung bean sprouts, ginger, snow peas, shallots, and chicken breasts.

Shallots were $1.49 for this 1 lb bag.  I’m going to tell you that they aren’t all the greatest quality, but as long as I use about half of them I think it will be cheaper than buying them at King Soopers.

Chicken breasts weren’t on my list, but when I saw they were $1.49/lb, they were quickly put into my cart.  Readers have reported this price before, so I’m guessing it’s basically their “normal” price.  That’s totally rock-bottom for me!

I stop at Asian Pacific Market every couple of months, and typically plan to cook a few Asian meals soon after shopping there so that I can use the produce while it’s fresh.

Last week we ate Fried Rice with Snow Peas, Bean Sprouts, and Marinated Velveted Chicken; Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken and Bok Choy Zucchini with Crispy Noodle Cake; Stir-Fried Chicken and Bok Choy with Crispy Noodle Cake (the spicy version was better); and Stir-Fried Thai-Style Beef with Chiles and Shallots. Seems like there was at least one other Asian dish we ate but I can’t remember what it was.

My favorite Asian recipes are from Cook’s Illustrated.  Wait – all my favorite recipes are from Cook’s Illustrated!

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  1. Carrie, can you tell me more about the Chinese Egg Noodles you buy there? Are they fresh, frozen or dry? I make lo mein about once a month and I just use whole wheat ‘thin spaghetti’ noodles because they are almost the same texture and I like that my family is getting whole grain. I’m just curious about the type of noodles you’re getting and what you think of them.

    I buy fresh ginger, bean sprouts, won bok (to make kim chee at home), and whatever fresh fruits/vegetables look good. Last time I went, bananas were .25 a pound, jalapeno were .33 a pound, and both were beautiful and kept just fine.

    We also get rice there sometimes (I watch for sales on big bags of calrose rice) along with oyster sauce, chili oil, won ton wrappers, etc. Generally I stick fairly tight to my list, then allow one ‘try something’ item, so I don’t go crazy and fill the cart.

    Also, my daughter starts begging for ‘Hello Panda’ as soon as we pull into the parking lot. ;)

    Laura at TenThingsFarm
    (check out the book giveaway I’m doing this week!)

    • What’s “Hello Panda”? Is it one of the candies they have at the checkout? My kids BEG for candy every time we are in there – it’s all in such cool packaging!

      I’ve bought a couple of different types of noodles there – this time I bought dried “imitation” Chinese egg noodles. They were around $1.25 for 12 (?) oz, so a little more expensive than American pasta. I’ve bought Soba noodles (not fresh) before, which looked an awful lot like the fresh Chinese egg noodles. Honestly, I have no clue what I’m buying – I just buy whatever looks good. :)

      I do think I like the Asian noodles better for a lot of Asian dishes. I use American pasta sometimes, too, but it’s just not the same. I want to try more Asian noodles, but there are so many different types that I get a little shaky when I head down that aisle. ;)

      FYI, for anyone that’s gluten free, they have tons of rice noodles!

  2. My daughter at CSU is majoring in International Studies/Japanese language. She has been to Japan before and plans on working in their JET program upon graduation. We keep trying to get to the Asian Pacific market when she is home, but run out of time! It is our goal to get there by this summer break! This post makes me want to get there even more! Her favorite Japanese candies are Hello Panda, Almond nut Pocky and Moshi (made with red bean paste). She loves Bubble tea (taiwanese, made with Boba which is large balls of tapioca) – do they sell any at the market in the deli? One of her classes this semester is a Japanese Culture class – I’m seeing a “field trip” experience!!!

    • YES! They have signs up advertising Bubble tea – looks like it’s a new thing, but they definitely have it!

      • I really like the Watermelon Boba the best! It takes a little time to have put together, but it’s very tasty.

        Some items are hit-or-miss. APM caters to some, but not all Asian ethnicities.

  3. I love the fresh rice noodle you find in the vegie section. It is kind of hard to describe, the noodle is white and about 6 inches wide and about 7 inches long and then folded so its about 2 inches thick. Because it is fresh you don’t have to boil it, you just add it near the end of your stir fry cooking and it takes about 3 – 4 minutes to soften and be ready for eating. The best thing is that you get to cut the noodles however thick you want them. My next door neighbour, when I grew up in Sydney, was from the Philipines and I would go over and learn how to cook from her (because her Aussie kids weren’t interested at all). In her beautiful kitchen we would squat on the floor over the burner and her wok and this was a fav noodle to cook with.

  4. Laura left a comment on the Sunflower Market post asking if anyone knew the prices of tofu at Asian Pacific Market. I have no clue, but thought I’d tack her question onto this post to see if anyone else does!

  5. Hello Panda is a little cookie with a frosting-like filling. It’s in a box with a big panda on it – easy to spot once you find it – and comes in chocolate, vanilla (I think) and strawberry. Similar to yan yan or pocky, just bite size and without the dipping.

    My hubby is Hawaii born and raised, so half the stuff we make is Hawaii style, not necessarily authentic to a person who is from China, Japan, Korea, etc. That might be why the whole wheat pasta works for me in the lo mein, although my MIL does buy (fresh) lo mein noodle when she makes it.

    I have also seen that they sell bags of the dry tapioca that’s used for bubble tea – it comes in many colors and sizes . :)

  6. Andrea Isaacs says:

    I love cooks illustrated too, also cusine at home is published by the same company and they always have great recipes too! I’ll have to head over to the Asian market after what you said, we do at least one asian meal per week.

  7. Valerie C says:

    I’ve heard like 10 different people in the last couple weeks gushing about Cooks Illustrated. It seems awfully expensive – is it really worth the annual fee?

    • I reeeeeeeeeeeally think so. There are absolutely NO ads – it’s not like Food and Wine or something where 60% of the pages are ads. They test their recipes in depth – it’s kind of a geeky magazine. You should look at the magazine in a bookstore, or you may even be able to check them out at the library.

      It’s totally worth the $$, though I’ll admit we haven’t renewed our subscription in an effort to cut expenses. I have about 4 years of archives to look back if I want something! :)

  8. I was at Asian Pacific Market yesterday and a 19 oz. package of tofu was $1.75. Fresh chicken breasts were $1.69 a pound — 20 cents more than what you got them for, Carrie, but still a pretty good deal.

  9. The 1st time I went to the APM, it was like a; field trip!! I think I was in there for over an hour. I was telling a friend about the prices on vegetables and she wanted to know where they came from. Does anyone know?

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