Friday March 3, 2006
Ever since Laurenzo’s, the hunt has been on for a perfect Chinese market. Maggie’s Oriental Mart, nestled between two Chinese restaurants across the street from 163 Street mall, is not bad, but not quite up to the challenge.
The usual suspects are in effect: numerous variations of clear and regular noodles, a thrilling selection of sauces in jars, cans, and bottles, exotic candy, and almost a whole aisle of single-serving ramen. Yum!
Dried fish. We ate something like this in China, and they were delicious. I’m actually sort of regretting not getting some of these.
Fermented beans, pickled vegetables.
Maggie’s looses serious points for the almost complete lack of a produce section. There was fresh garlic, ginger, and one other mystery item (all in bags, without english labels), everything else prepackaged. Bummer. There was, however, a massive selection of medicines on the shelf behind the front counter. A pharmacy? We had an experience with Chinese medicine on our trip, too, and this might be worth investigating further.
Maggie’s Oriental Groceries
1234 NE 163rd St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Update: See also Lucky Oriental Mart.comments powered by Disqus