In Friendly neighborhood, a number of citizens have commented on how they enjoy the local Capella Market. However, there is a less known local market tucked away on 29th street between Willamette and Olive. I nearly passed it as I was searching for a place more interesting than large chain stores such as Market of Choice and Party City.
Although small, Sunrise Asian Food Market is one of the better kept secrets of Friendly neighborhood. Even around 6:30 p.m. the market still had quite a few customers perusing the aisles for last minute shopping needs before the store closed at 7 p.m.
I wandered to the back of the store, where there were housewares such as pots and pans, dishes, chopsticks and a variety of other items. Next to the housewares was a video section with plenty of titles that I couldn’t read, though the selection seemed pretty good. The store was extremely clean and fresh smelling and a young employee was mopping the floor to prepare for closing. As I walked up and down aisles I saw baskets of produce lining the floors of the shelves. I don’t think this is how the store is normally laid out because the aisle next to it had empty shelves that looked like they were intended for fruits and vegetables.
I was interested in the meat section because most markets don’t have pig belly or pigs feet. There were also shrink wrapped deep-fried foods in the frozen section which I had never seen before. The prices for the products were very reasonable and large quantities of some meats cost only around $5.
At the other end of the store I found one of my favorite desserts: mochi. I was ecstatic to find that it wasn’t ice cream mochi either, but authentic rice cake mochi. Stores such as Whole Foods and Market of Choice generally only carry ice cream mochi. I picked up a green tea mochi and headed to the checkout counter which is in the middle of the store right next to the entrance/exit. The two registers are surrounded by candy and alcohol – obviously because they are both so important. This is when I had to make another impulse purchase because I noticed that they had Pocky Sticks. Pocky was one of my favorite candies when I was three and randomly lived in Japan for a year.
I briefly chatted with the cashier about the great selection of candy in the store and she commented that the poppyseed mochi was very good, which is one that I haven’t tried. I left the market clutching my junk food to my chest and hoping that I would make it to my apartment before opening anything.