A first-generation child of Chinese immigrants raised in an all-Chinese environment, she spoke Cantonese at home and spent a year in Hong Kong with her family. There, they shopped daily in open-air markets where crowds clamored for the freshest seafood and street carts sold steaming hot bowls of noodles. When she moved to Mooresville 30 years ago, it was culture shock. The speed of New York and Hong Kong were replaced with the rural sleepiness of Mooresville in the s.
It carries primarily Vietnamese items, but also offers Japanese think: golden curry cubes, nori, instant miso soup and Chinese staples, like sweet bean sauce for zha jiang mian. Hours: Sunday-Tuesday 9 a. What I like: Formerly Grand Asia Market and the best-known Asian grocery store in the state, my family and I used to drive from Asheboro to Raleigh to stock up on what we needed for the month. I remember always getting bubble tea, fresh bread buy 10, get 1 free and a lunchbox of rice and three side dishes. Bonus features: Live frogs, roast duck, fresh steamed buns, popular Taiwanese breads and an extensive Asian beer and wine section.