International markets every San Antonio foodie should know
By San Antonio Current Staff
Any foodie knows that moment when you stare into your fridge, searching for inspiration, only to come up short because none of your usual recipes sound like they'd hit the spot. It may be time to hit one of SA's many and varied international markets.
Spend an hour wandering any of these groceries and exploring produce, meats and pantry items from faraway places, and we can almost guarantee you'll have a spark of culinary inspiration. For some folks, that inspiration may trying a new and unfamiliar ingredient. Others may want to recreate family recipes they fondly remember from childhood.
Either way, these diverse and fascinating markets are bound to get your creative juices flowing.
Asia Supermarket 4925 Windsor Hill, (210) 455-2860, facebook.com/AsiaSupermarketTX
Relatively new on the scene, this large scale grocery that opened in late 2019 is worth a trek to the Northeast side. Along with the expected variety of Asian snacks, you can pick up a variety of imported produce or even a whole roasted hog.
Photo via Instagram / mrspmac01
825 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-2111, facebook.com/Tokyo-Mart-162864627081528
Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size — Tokyo Mart packs a punch. Whether you’re looking to stock up on Pocky and pizza-flavored potato chips or prep some scratch-made yakisoba, you’ll find what you need on the shelves, plus delightful tchotchkes and authentic Japanese teaware. Plus, you can get your fresh sushi fix from Niki’s Tokyo Inn next door.
Photo via Instagram / ana.kin.skywalker
Shahi IndoPak Grocery 20323 Huebner Rd, (210) 481-2225, facebook.com/shahigrocerySATX
This friendly spot specializes in spices from the subcontinent and even has produce and a fresh meat market.
Photo via Facebook / Shahi Grocery
Dang Corp 447 McCarty Rd, (210) 314-7588, facebook.com/dangcorptx
This Asian Pacific market offers up an assortment of fresh goods including seafood and produce. Snag a CBD-infused boba tea to sip while you peruse the super-packed shelves.
Photo via Instagram / dangcorptx
Sari-Sari Filipino Restaurant, Market, & Bakery
5700 Wurzbach Road, (210) 647-7274, sari-sari-satx.com
This hybrid restaurant-market-bakery serves up authentic Filipino fare and lets you try your hand at the cuisine with the help of quality ingredients.
Photo via Instagram / ricosuavehhh
Culebra Meat Market Multiple Locations, N/A, culebrameatmarkets.com/home.html
This mom and pop chain boasts that ‘there’s always a store near you,’ and with nearly 20 SA locations, that’s no lie. Stop in for Latin pantry items, snacks, drink or hot prepared foods such as barbacoa. Prepare to wait on the weekends.
Photo via Instagram / culebra_meatmarket_nacogdoches
Ali Baba International Food Market
9307 Wurzbach Road, (210) 691-1111, alibabasanantonio.com
Situated in the back of a Wurzbach strip mall with its own bevy of Middle Eastern restaurants, Ali Baba has a massive stock of halal and kosher butchery, fresh vegetables and breads, teas and bulk options for nuts and grains.
Photo via Instagram, 2live_jkrew
Manpasand International Food Market 3727 Colony Dr, (210) 462-7111
This sizable and tidy Indo-Pakistani grocery is set up inside a former big box store, which gives it enough space to offer a cafe serving snack foods and even stock some Middle Eastern items.
Photo via Facebook / Manpasand International food Market sanantonio
Seoul Asian Market & Cafe
1027 Rittiman Road #101, (210) 822-1529, facebook.com
This market provides enough kimchi for days, both freshly made in-store and packaged for you to enjoy at home.
Photo via Instagram, diaryofscott
Aryana Halal Meat Market 8114 Fredericksburg Rd, (726) 999-3893, facebook.com/aryanahalalmeatmarket
Stroll on into this middle eastern grocery for halal meat, fresh veggies and Afghan dry fruits. Mango lovers should definitely have this place on their go-to list — the spot offers them nearly year-round.
Photo via Facebook / Aryana Halal