Despite being located in the heart of Dublin city for the past 25 years, Asia Market is still one of the city’s best kept foodie secrets.
Based on Drury Street, with a larger store in Ballymount, it’s the authentic market experience at Asia Market, along with the choice of over 4500 products and scandalously good market value prices that makes it a destination for Asian food lovers from all walk of life.
Grocery lists at the ready, we visited this culinary Aladdin’s cave to bring you some of the products your kitchen should not be without.
You’ve heard about the health benefits of seaweed, but if the thought of eating it still daunts you then you need to try Asia Market’s range of crispy seaweed snacks. A healthier alternative to crisps, they’re just sheets of dried and roasted seaweed that come with a variety of seasonings and are packaged like crackers – they are delicious, nutrient dense, low calorie and not at all fishy, we promise.
You’ll find everything you need for making homemade sushi at Asia Market: a sushi rolling mat, roasted nori seaweed sheets, sushi rice, wasabi and rice vinegar to season.
Too intimidated to start rolling? Try your hand at the more relaxed style temaki hand rolls instead with this easy-to-follow recipe.
If you walk down Drury Street and are not tempted inside the door of Asia Market by the smell of freshly made egg waffles then I salute your willpower. A popular street food dish in Hong Kong, you’ll find traditional egg waffles being made at the front of the store – the four minute wait is always too long!
Japanese rice wine, sake, technically should be called “rice beer,” since it’s fermented from a grain rather than a fruit. Used for both cooking and drinking you can find a full range at Asia Market.
Find out all you need to know with our full guide to sake that includes a Sake Cosmo recipe.
A great vegan source of protein, Asia Market stock tofu in a number of forms; from Irish made Natural Green organic tofu, to tofu puffs, ready to add to curries or stir-fries.
Already a tofu fan? Try it’s fermented counterpart, tempeh. Catch it while you can though, as tempeh is much cheaper at Asia Market than at health stores and usually sells out shortly after their weekly delivery.
If you love your greens but are bored of spinach and kale, it’s time to expand your horizons. In the chilled aisle of Asia Market there’s a dazzling display of unusual greens including Bok Choi, Pak Choi, Chinese Cabbage, and Mustard Greens. All taste great, are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, fibre and many B vitamins and are easy to cook too.
This Korean dish of fermented vegetables started life as a way to preserve food and minimise waste in times of austerity, but thanks to increased recognition of the health benefits of fermentation there are now entire restaurants and market stalls around the world dedicated to this spicy condiment. Pick up a jar or pouch from authentic Korean brands at Asia Market – our favourite way to enjoy it is in a toasted cheese sandwich, you’ll never look back.
The fierce heat and intense saltiness of this Korean brand of instant noodles flavored with beef and chili has earned it a cult following. It’s the number one non-Japanese ramen brand, and can be found in 80 countries. Available two forms, packet and in a cup, choose your vice and be prepared to become an addict.
Have you mastered your signature curry recipe, but are sick of having to repeat buy those tiny spice jars from the supermarket? Next time peruse Asia Market’s spice aisle which stocks every spice from Asafoetida to Za’tar, and bulk buy your spices, saving you multiple visits to the shops and money.
These Taiwanese rice cracker are some of the most popular all across Asia. Mostly baked not fried, they come in various shapes, sizes, and flavors, mostly savoury, and are often brushed with a sauce made from shoyu and mirin. Be wary, once you try these crackers you will ‘want want’ them all the time.
Unlike many frozen foods, dim sum survive the trip from freezer to belly remarkably, and when well—made they are nearly indistinguishable from those that are freshly made. Choose from a range of flavours available in the freezer aisle at Asia Market, then simply steam for a hot, tasty snack in just a few minutes.
Sweet, colourful and sometimes even chewy, there’s a lot to love about bubble tea. Available at Asia Market served hot or cold, the tea comes in nine flavours including lychee, coconut, mocha and creamy taro. Add in extra toppings like strawberry jelly stars and passion fruit popping balls for an authentic bubble tea experience.
Erica grew up with a baker and confectioner for a father, and a mother with an instinct and love for good food. It is little wonder then that, after completing a law degree, she went on to do a Masters in Food Business at UCC. With a consuming passion for all things food, nutrition and wellness, working with TheTaste is a perfect fit for Erica; allowing her to learn and experience every aspect of the food world meeting its characters and influencers along the way.