My Visit to the Wholesale Food District (Part I)
I joined forces with Richard from Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space for bit of a wholesale food extravaganza on Saturday. We started out with breakfast at Young's Deli and carryout. Cheap Korean food starting at either 4:30, or 5am (sorry, I'm not sure which).
Here's my bi bim bap.
Check out the steam rising off Richard's soup.
Sufficiently nourished, we headed over to scope out Sam Wang's Produce. This place is great, not only for your basic staples (at unbelievably low prices), but also if you need lemongrass, or some kind of fruit or veggie you can't get at Safeway.
That's the lemongrass on the bottom left. Please excuse my dark photos.
More apples & citrus that you can shake a cassava root at!
The retail hours are 6am-3pm Mon-Friday & Saturdays.
Next we decided to scope out some meats. We walked down a few doors to U.S. Beef (I'm going to have to check the name on this one, it was my first time there).
A whole room filled with different cuts of meat. Don't let the name fool you, they also sell fish.
They also stock large quantities of spices.
Across the lot is Kang's Farm.
This place has everything from produce to fish, to a large amount of canned & preprepared foods.
Plenty of bamboo shoots here.
I think we're looking at green onions, cilantro, parsley & Italian flat-leaf parsley.
The room is small, but they pack a lot in. Prices generally aren't labeled, but are always very low.
Kang's has a nice selection chilies.
The salmon is cheap & looks fresh (no separation).
Look, salmon heads!
Not only were these guy low priced, but they were also still looking lively in their barrel.
The best part of Kang's is the fish room.