By Madison Seymour
The Asian Grocery Store is located in the Marchwood Shopping Center in Exton, just off of Route 100.
I do not know how long my parents have been going there, but definitely before I was born.
There are many things you can get there, and even my dad does not know what most of the stuff in the store is, because most things are written in Chinese, but we do get this stuff on most of our trips.
I remember my Dad buying the green seaweed, and bringing it home. I could not believe he was eating seaweed, but one day, I decided to try it. After I tried a nori strip, I really liked it, because I like the taste of salty stuff, and even my brother, Logan, enjoys eating nori!
Both my parents have been making rice for as long as I can remember, and during one visit to the Asian Grocery store, we found this stuff that you sprinkle over your rice.
We got the rice sprinkle, then the next time we had rice, we put it on the rice, and my brother and I ended up liking it!
There are three types of the sprinkle, the flavors are:
- Nori Komi Furikake (Blue Label) – Which has in it: sesame seeds, salt, sugar and seaweed.
- Wasabi Fumi Furikake (Green Label) – Which has sesame seed, horse-radish, shaved bonito, Japanese mustard plant, sugar, seaweed, soy sauce, salt, and cooking rice wine in it.
- Ebi Fumi Furikake (Red Label) – Which has in it sesame seed, shrimp (ebi), potato starch, seaweed, sugar, salt, and dried yolk powder.
I like the Nori Komi Furikake, but the Ebi Fumi Furikake would have to be my favorite, because I love shrimp! And I would like to try the Wasabi Fumi Furikake, but I am scared of the wasabi being too hot!
My mom loves soy sauce, more than my dad, so I saw her putting it on her rice a lot!
I did not want to try soy sauce, because the dark color kind of scared me, and I was not really sure what to put it on, but then one time at China Grill, when we were having sushi, my dad had a bowl of plain soy sauce, which he finally got me to try with my finger tip.
And at first I didn’t know what to think of the taste but, once I tasted it again I liked it!
Well I kind of discovered Pocky Sticks on my own! What they are, are biscuit sticks covered in flavored cream. There are two flavors Chocolate and Strawberry, but if you want more crunch to your Pocky sticks you can get chocolate cream and peanuts, but if you’re allergic you can get strawberry cream with strawberry pieces!
At Asian Grocery when you get there if you go to the aisle farthest from the register you will be surrounded by plenty of types of noodles!
One of my favorites is Ramen noodles, especially the chicken flavored, but in this house we have a special name for Ramen noodles we call them “Daddy Noodles”!
I came up with that name when I was younger. How I came up with the name is the only two words I knew at the time, where “Daddy” and “noodles,” so I put them together, and came up with “Daddy Noodles”!
One time when I was in Daycare, they asked me what was my favorite food, and I said “Daddy Noodles,” and at the end of the day, my teacher had to ask what “Daddy Noodles” were, because they had no idea what I was talking about!
There are noodles made out of all sorts of things, like rice and beans. On our last trip we got invisible noodles, that are made out of mung beans, which we have not tried yet, but hope to soon.
My dad introduced me to wasabi at China Grill!
At first I didn’t know about it, but that day we had bacon wrapped crab, so when my dad wanted me to try wasabi, I took a tip of a toothpick, and it set my mouth on fire! Then my dad had me try wasabi in soy sauce. Then I thought that my tongue would feel really weird, but I tried it, and it was delicious! The soy sauce really took away a lot of the hot and spiciness!
In the Future
Right now we are working on my brother’s adventure into Asian food!