International Market Guide

By Jay Burnett / Photography By Amy Robb | January 21, 2016
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Bourbon Bisquits at Rajas Indian Spices

Northeast Florida boasts dozens of food markets and neighborhood convenience stores serving the international communities in our area, along with neophyte nibblers and foodies focused on interesting ingredients. The following is a small (but select) sampling of regional finds.

ASIAN
 

HUNG THINH SUPERMARKET

5801 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville. 904-783-2218

Favorite Finds: Red Boat 40º N and 9999 fish sauces, Noh brand Korean Kim Chee Mix (for mixing up batches of homemade kim chee), pecks of pickled chilies, Bun Tuoi “Bamboo Tree” fresh rice vermicelli noodles, Filipino-created Suka Pinakurat spiced coconut vinegar (possibly the best fish marinade ever – great for grilling, and PLEASE, add it to any seafood-based soups, especially oyster stew), fresh tripe, congealed blood and chicken feet from the butchery, crispy roast pork or duck for takeout from the deli/BBQ (ask for extra skin, the best part). And, you have to check out the large selection of traditionalpalm leaf “Hue” hats, ideal for fishing, gardening or simply making a First Coast fashion statement.

CIRCLE JAPAN GROCERY & CAFE

12192 Beach Blvd., Suite 1 Jacksonville 904-642-7799; Sake manager: 904-710-5193

Favorite Finds: Circle Japan’s o’sake-ya (sake store) stocks an outstanding selection of premi- um sakes. An even larger selec- tion is available for sale online. In-store sake tastings every Fri- day from 5 to 8pm. The store can also arrange staff for home parties to provide information about sake and Japanese cul- ture. Also, fresh-baked Japanese breads and Ginga Kogen beer, an excellent unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer brewed in the mountain village of Sauwachi, located in an area of heavy snowfall that is the source of the area’s famous water used in brewing. Look for the beautiful blue bottle with snow-capped peaks and reindeer on the label.

LA SALSA MARKET

11757 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville 904-379-8930

Favorite finds: With a name like “La Salsa” one might be surprised to learn this is an Asian market. Their claim to fame? A stunning array of exotic produce and fresh seafood.

MIKE CELL ORIENTAL GROCERY

10730 Atlantic Blvd Jacksonville 904-997-1345

JAX ORIENTAL MARKET

10584 Old St. Augustine Rd Jacksonville 904-288-8288

PJ’S ASIA ONE MARKET

425 State Rd 207 St. Augustine 904-429-7587

CAMBODIAN ORIENTAL STORE

1104 Edgewood Ave S. Jacksonville 904-388-1524

The entry way and bags of stacked rice at Hung Thinh in jacksonville florida
Kitchenware plates and utensils on a shelf at hung thinh in jacksonville florida
Roasted Duck at the Hung Thinh Market in Jacksonville Florida
Fish sauce on a shelf at hung thinh asian market in jacksonville florida

 


EASTERN EUROPEAN
 

AMAR EUROPEAN GROCERY

5664 Santa Monica Blvd S. Jacksonville 904-739-9447 and 5250 Baymeadows Rd. Jacksonville 904-739-9447

Favorite Finds: Bende brand Hungarian Hot Mixed Salad (great side dish and alternative to sauerkraut; excellent with grilled seafood), marinated mushrooms (nine varieties), Arikon Classic Russian Fish Seasoning, Cockta soda (I’m not typically a soda drinker, but Cockta rocks; think vanilla cola . . . Sorry, Atlanta), salmon caviar.

SERPOL OF FLORIDA

2 B Market Place Palm Coast 904-597-7544

Favorite Finds: Fresh frozen pierogis (more than a dozen varieties), pickled vegetables and smoked sausages

refrigerated middle eastern foods at a kourosh middle eastern market in jacksonville florida
cous cous on a shelf in a middle eastern market in Jacksonville Florida
Pickled Labneh at a middle eastern market in jacksonville florida
persimmons in a box in a middle eastern market in jacksonville florida


 

MIDDLE EASTERN
 

KOUROSH MARKET

9551 Baymeadows Rd Jacksonville 904-636-5957

Favorite Finds: The stuffed eggplant in oil, carrot preserves, bergamont jam and a whole host of flavored waters (dill weed, fenugreek, chicory, pussywillow and peppermint)

NOURA CAFE AND IMPORTED FOODS

1533 University Blvd West Jacksonville 904-739-0033

Pomegrantes in a bin at raja indian market in jacksonville florida
A wall of kitchen implements and produce at Raja indian market in Jacksonville florida
Curry leaves being held in a hand at Raja indian spices in jacksonville florida
Various incense scents at Raja Indian Spices Market in Jacksonville Florida


 

INDO/PAK
 

RAJA INDIAN SPICES

5111 Baymeadows Rd Jacksonville 904-448-8006

Favorite Finds: Vegetable pastry puffs (on weekends), traditional Indian sweets such as Rasmalai and Ladoo (both flavored with cardamom) and Kaju Barfi (cashew rolls).

PATEL BROTHERS GROCERY

9551 Baymeadows Rd Jacksonville 904-800-2235

Favorite Finds: Jabsons Hing Jeera spicy peanuts, bitter gourd chips, bulk spices, frozen samosas (flaky pastries typically filled with spicy potatoes and peas), Swad brand Bhel Puri and Pan Puri kits, ghee (clarified butter).

JAY PATEL'S INDIAN GROCERY AND PRODUCE

9802 Baymeadows Rd Jacksonville 904-807-9802

HOUSE OF SPICES

9978-4 Old St. Augustine Rd Jacksonville 904-646-4427

KALYAAN MARKET

9365 Philips Hwy, Ste 102 Jacksonville 904-363-8233

APNA BAZAR

10769 Beach Blvd Jacksonville 904-996-8780

Pato salsa in green cans at pepes hacienda in jacksonville florida
Fresh tomatillos at pepes hispanic market in jacksonville florida
Market Aisles and a man passing at pepes hispanic market in jacksonville florida
Mexican crema on a shelf at pepes hispanic market in Jacksonville florida


 

LATINO/HISPANIC

PEPE'S HACIENCA

3615 Dupont Ave, Ste 900 Jacksonville 904-636-8131

Favorite Finds: El Yucateco brand chile habanero hot sauce (“You Get More Habanero”), Gembos Spicy Plantain Chips with Chile, Lime and Salt (move over kettle chips), Fly Emirates sponsored soccer jersey (just because it looks cool).

MI PUEBLO TAQUERIA, TIENDA & MEAT MARKET 

11969 Beach Blvd Jacksonville 904-645-6969

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