OUR PICK: Tim’s Oriental and Seafood Market, 7015 Bandera Road, Suite 8, (210) 523-1688
Freshly roasted Peking duck, Meiji chips and a good Sencha tea are hard to find in San Antonio — unless you make a trip to Tim’s. The market — run by Tim and Cathy Lim since 1986 — celebrates the ingredients, produce and meats found throughout Asia, Europe and even Africa. You’ll find nori and mochi from Japan, oodles of noodles from Korea and China, and endless frozen steamed bun options. Customers return each Wednesday for “Market Day”, when the store receives shipments of fresh produce and seafood, and Friday for fresh, traditionally prepared Asian breads. It’s easy to get lost in the aisles of lychee drinks, hot sauce and pork belly, but at this market, you can also buy the wok you need to cook it. The only real mistake you can make at Tim’s? Entering the store hungry.