East Asia in El Salvador
The Oriental Marketplace is the only place for people interested in cooking Asian food at home. I grew up as a child in Japan. Since then, I’ve been accustomed to eating and cooking Japanese cuisine.
Me preparing Onigiri with Salmon Roe. 🍙
In El Salvador, it’s extremely rare to find oriental ingredients. Lucky, over the past few years, there has been a rise in interest in Asian influence. The Japanese and Salvadorans share lots in common. There is a community of Salvadorans who consume everything Japanese. Even a few restaurants in El Salvador are experimenting with Asian fusion food.
The Oriental Marketplace was in La Zona Rosa before relocating to La Escalon. When I arrived there I didn’t notice that the store converted into a gynecologist’s office.
You can’t find everything you want but they have a decent selection of items to choose from. At the register, you can write down items you’d like them to bring. I don’t think they pay that much attention to their customer’s requests.
I usually go to buy Miso, Seaweed, Matcha powder, and some Japanese snacks. If you spend over thirty dollars ($30), you’ll be given a Frequent Members Card to punch out. Filling it up ten times will give you a discount. It’s not a lot but you get to save a few dollars.
It’s nice to know there is at least one place in El Salvador dedicated to selling oriental products. Super Selectos also offers some ingredients to purchase too but it’s not a wide selection. Have you gone to the Oriental Marketplace or do you know of other ones? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!
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