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Archive for March 2nd, 2009

The Giant Asian Grocer of Brussels

Posted by Pi on March 2, 2009

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Sometimes we just want a one-stop shop for all our East Asian grocery needs in Brussels.  Fortunately for us, Kam Yuen off the Brouckere is on its way to becoming that all-purpose supermarket.  The products that it lacks can be found at other, smaller specialty shops elsewhere, while the selection of products it does carry among its expansive property is pretty impressive for Brussels standards.

Beyond the basic rice, sauces, and spices, this place (lovingly abbreviated as KY) has a fresh produce section filled with items that may be more difficult to find elsewhere, particularly all in one place.  The bean sprouts, Chinese broccoli, nappa cabbage, taro root, lotus root, Thai chilies, and other produce are available at the front, changing with the seasons.  Teas, curries, star anise, canned lychees,  and various condiments also line the shelves.  A variety of dried Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean noodles lie in the back, while my personal favorite of fresh Cantonese wide rice noodles sometimes is available in the refrigerator.  The frozen dim sum section is decent, though lacking, while the Japanese munchies in the back are a real pleasure (YanYans, roasted nori, and wasabi peas, anyone?).  Finally, if we want a steamer, wok, or chopsticks, we conveniently can find them here, too.

They’re even open on Sundays before 18h/6pm, competing with the nearby Delhaize.  Sometimes I don’t like shopping, but KY always makes doing it easier.  Be warned that the place gets packed on Saturday afternoons.

Kam Yuen Supermarket
Rue de la Vierge Noire 2

Products: A
Price: A
Atmosphere: C
Languages: French, Mandarin, Cantonese, English

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