We made our way to Hong Kong Plaza in Rowland Heights after deciding to stick around LA after our dinner at Sushi Gen. We marveled at all the "new" buildings and restaurants in the area. As we drove around all those street names; Colima, Nogales, Hacienda, Gale, brought back memories of the almost 5 years we lived in the area. During that period we lived within walking distance of Hong Kong Plaza, and shopped regularly at Hong Kong Supermarket.
The first thing that struck us were all the new restaurants and businesses that we hadn't noticed on our previous visits. When we lived right down the street Hong Kong Plaza could have best been described as a bit worn, dirty, and a bit seedy looking. In the years since, efforts have been made to clean up, with somewhat mixed results. Hong Kong Supermarket has been totally renovated though, and is no longer as "fragrant", nor as dirty looking.
A couple of things hadn't changed though, and one of them is the terribly rude service. Ah, don't you just love consistency! The Market was humming, even at almost 9 pm! We really couldn't remember seeing it this busy so late in the evening. In fact, the entire mall was almost completely full.
We headed for the snack aisle, and the Missus made several selections.
One thing I do miss from the "older" version of Hong Kong Market, are the fresh deli items. The Market used to have good smoked duck and chicken, and the best Dao Ko Chicken I've ever had, all made in-house. These have been replaced.
What I find interesting about Asian Markets is the availability of both packaged meat:
As well as a meat counter, I guess they want to cover all bases.
And requisite fresh seafood department.
What caught our attention is an aisle marked as "Gourmet Chinese", of course we had to check it out. XO sauce flavored items seem to be in fashion.
As well as about eight brands of XO Sauce.
And other "stuff".
For some reason, I get a bit paranoid around all the fermented tofu. All it would take would be a single cracked jar....and you get the picture, right?
Can you see the Missus flagging me down with a bag of garlic?
There's a reason for that. Here's a good example of prices in Los Angeles.
Sheesh, just 49 cents for a whole bag of garlic!
After making our purchases, we headed to our favorite places. The Missus went over to the "Jerky" stand.
The Lady here is always very nice, and it is also one of the few places that gets an 'A' grade in the whole plaza!
The Missus always gets a nice variety.
Meanwhile, I was across the hall at Yi-Mei Deli.
I have great memories, of grabbing the steamed buns for breakfast. You'd pay and the Lady would heat them up, and you'd have a nice breakfast.
I grabbed several pork and a couple of mushroom and meat. I did notice that the price of these had gone up from 75 cents to a dollar since I last visited, but it's still good cheap eats. And somebody has to pay for the 'B' restaurant grade, the last time I was here, they had gotten a 'C' - just kidding of course!
Looks like Hong Kong Plaza is doing well. We're planning on several meals in the area in the near future. For another example of good cheap eats in the plaza, check out Elmo's post on Hong Kong Fishball House.
Hong Kong Supermarket/Hong Kong Plaza
18414 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748