This past Sunday, I spent the entire day with my Aunt Alice. She is half Korean so our favorite thing to do together is to buy and eat Korean food. We went to three Asian markets and one Japanese discount store. We started off at Kukje Market in Daly City.
The tofu section in an Asian market is like the cheese section in an American market. Overwhelming choices.
Then we went to 99 Ranch Market in Daly City. This store was huge and very crowded. They had manapua (sweet bread buns with bbq pork)! These are a staple in Hawaii. But I ate one for breakfast yesterday and promptly felt icky. I’ve added some meat back into my diet and it’s not going very well.
Grass crap steaks anyone?
Our next stop was Daiso Japan at the Serramonte Mall in Daly City. This was a fun store! It’s like a Japanese dollar store. I could have spent hours here.
Bento items. Can you spot the banana container? haha! But actually, it’s a pretty good idea so your banana doesn’t get smooshed in transit. Darn it! I should have bought one!
Cute and colorful kitchen items.
Vegetable cutters. I almost got one of these. Aren’t they funny?
Cleaning products. I bought two of those pink bunny dusters for the girls.
Then we went to Takahashi Market in San Mateo. They have mostly items from Hawaii, which was so nostalgic for me. But everything was so pricey that I didn’t buy much.
I should have gotten a bottle of this stuff. Adoboloco! I’ve seen some of my Hawaii friends talking about how awesome this stuff is on social media. I was so hungry by the time we got to this store and I was having a hard time making good choices. It seemed a little pricey but turns out these prices are the same as on the Adoboloco site. Looks like I’ll have to make another trip there soon.
I like poi, but not for $8.40. Although my dad said that’s not much more than it costs in Hawaii nowadays. Yikes!
Why oh why didn’t I buy this?!!! A Spam slicer! I might never forgive myself.
We also went to another Japanese market but I didn’t take any pictures. I did get a really cool gadget there. It’s a kinpira (julienne) slicer. I can’t wait to try it out!
We went back to my aunt’s house and she fed me bulgogi (Korean bbq), which we wrapped in lettuce with garlic cloves, dwenjang (spicy miso) and rice. I ate a lot. And then I slept horribly for two nights. Seems like a strange connection. Could be a coincidence but it’s got me thinking.
Here is some of the stuff I bought. Chinese broccoli, pickling cucumber (for cucumber kim chee), snow peas, bean sprouts, miso, Zongzi (rice stuffed with peanut, shrimp, mushrooms and green beans), dwenjang (Korean spicy miso), gobo (burdock root) and kinpira slicer.
My aunt’s friend recently remodeled her house. She has a water faucet above her stove!!! Oh my goodness!! Brilliant!!
I will have one of these someday.
Ana digs her new fluffy pink duster.