What to Buy at an ASIAN MARKET! A list of my favorite "go-to" ingredients! #asianmarket

What to buy at an Asian Market!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Asian market
  • Cuisine: Asian


What to buy at an Asian Market! A simple list to help you build your Asian pantry. PRINT and Take this list with you when you go!


  1. Peeled Garlic
  2. Shallots
  3. Kaffir lime leaves
  4. Ginger Root
  5. Galangal Root
  6. Fresh Turmeric Root
  7. Fresh mushrooms- try a different kind!
  8. Fresh herbs- Thai basil, cilantro, chives, and mint!
  9. Seasonal and unusual vegetables, fruit, fresh  chilies and sprouts (daikon or bean)
  10. Fresh rice noodles or ramen noodles in the refrigerated section
  11. Wonton wrappers
  12. Fresh Tofu ( or spicy fried)
  13. Pickled Things – Korean “pickles”
  14. Seaweed Noodles ( like Sea Tangle)
  15. Seaweed Salad
  16. Miso paste – try white miso!
  17. Quail Eggs
FROZEN SECTION: ( Tip: I always have these on hand in my freezer)
  1. Frozen chopped lemongrass- so handy!
  2. Frozen Kaffir Lime leaves (or sub fresh, and freeze extras)
  3. Frozen galanga root
  4. Dumplings and Wontons
  5. Frozen whole fish
  1. Coconut milk
  2. Toasted Sesame oil
  3. Soy sauce
  4. Extra dark soy sauce
  5. Thai Curry Paste ( red, green, yellow)
  6. Korean Chili paste ( or flakes)
  7. Sambal Olek or Garlic Chili Paste
  8. Sriracha Sauce
  9. Mirin wine
  10. Chinese Cooking wine
  11. Tamarind paste or concentrate
  12. Shrimp paste, or dried shrimp
  13. Fermented Black beans
  14. Black bean or brown bean Sauce
  15. Chili Oil


  1. Black sesame seeds
  2. Toasted Sesame seeds
  3. Whole or ground spices
  4. Dried Chile Threads
  5. Dried Whole red Chilies for wok stir fry
  6. Fried shallots or fried garlic
  7. Hondashi  (for miso soup)
  8. Togarashi Spice Blend


  1. Rice (sushi, jasmine, basmati, forbidden black)
  2. Dried Seaweed- kombu, wakame, hijiki, kelp
  3. Nori Sheets
  4. Dry Beans- mung, black, chick peas, etc.
  5. Spring roll wrappers
  6. Dry Noodles
  7. Japanese Green tea ( try it with brown rice -Genmaicha)
  8. Rice (sushi, jasmine, basmati, forbidden black)
  9. Dried Seaweed- kombu, wakame, hijiki, kelp
  10. Nori Sheets
  11. Dry Beans- mung, black, chickpeas, etc.
  12. Spring roll wrappers
  13. Dry Noodles
  14. Japanese Green tea ( try it with brown rice -Genmaicha)


Print the list and take it with you! Highlight any favorites for next time!

****Please mention in the comments below if I’ve forgotten anything and I will update.  Thanks!!!!

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