Fresh Fruit & Veg
This is the new Asian grocery, located in the old Safeway store on 82nd and Burnside. It must be working, cause the crowds in the parking lot are much larger than they used to be when this was a SafeWay. It a pretty large Vietnamese market with fresh meat, seafood and produce. They also have sauces and canned goods. There is a huge selection of tea. I even see some of the old SafeWay items on some of the shelves! Woo Hoooo ! Limes, 4 for a dollar! Freddy's charges you 39 cents! The non-food aisle is very interesting and is worth a visit, just for that! Check my photos for the big story, it's a cool place! You may have seen their other store at 9819 NE Prescott St . This new store on 82nd also includes a small deli-like restaurant which has just re-opened, have not checked it out yet...
So. I think seeing dragon fruit in what once was a Safeway's produce section taps into the reptilian pleasure center of my brain -- as does seeing Asian pastries where once there were Safeway doughnuts. I ended up going a little crazy and getting pandan sweet cup thing, BBQ coconut sweet rice thing, sticky rice guy, nostalgic snacks -- and only one actual grocery item of use (Taiwanese noodles I hadn't been able to find at Fubonn earlier). I had to stop myself from buying all the nostalgic candy and dessert items and allowed myself only to buy a goodly amount. I still ended up with a major stomach ache. I hope they never ever change the Safeway fixtures and that I keep pawing through fresh lychees under their old "MEATS" sign. Least productive but most gratifying grocery shopping experience in recent memory.
“The prices are usually cheaper and you can find incredible spices, bbq sauces and rubs that you won't find in the big chains.”
"Decent place that carries mostly food items and contrary to Fubonn Market a couple of miles down 82nd, they don't have anything else. But an extensive selection of fresh Asian food is found here. Growing up, it used to be a Safeway that had never been updated. Sort of one of those places that was never updated and you knew would eventually close one day. Well when that happened, Hong Phat stepped in and has provided a pretty good market."
"This is a great Asian supermarket to go to. It's primarily Vietnamese and in the heart of the jade district. I mainly go here for produce which they have large quantities of and is fresh and reasonable pricing. Today they were sampling fresh lychees and had a whole pallet full as a special. I also like the prepared food section. A fresh banh mi dac biet is $3.45 and they will toast it if you ask! Sometimes there's a ton of options to purchase but today at 6:30 it was slim pickings with the prepared foods. Still pretty tasty options."