1. SF Market
SF Market carries a large inventory of Asian products from China, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and India. From canned straw mushrooms, banana blossom, baby corn and hearts of palm, to Indian legumes and curries, anyone can create their favorite Asian dishes at home. There’s even a small section for Mexican and Latin food products. The American palette isn’t completely void from the grocer either. SF Market sells familiar American brands like Kraft, Proctor & Gamble and Kellogg's.
Address: 6930 65th St., Suite 123, Sacramento, CA
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
2. Seafood City Market
Seafood City is a small chain of Filipino grocery markets throughout Northern California that sells a variety of southeast Asian vegetables, fruit, meat, condiments and snacks. They also carry American brand items that are only sold in Asia, like the Asian edition of Maxim magazine. The gem of the store is the popular seafood counter. You can pick out a fish, have it cleaned, scaled and gutted, and then fried for free. My favorite fish order is a whole fried tilapia. Instead of paying $12 for a tilapia fillet at a restaurant, I can can get a whole one for around $2 - the price of the fish.
Address: 6051 Mack Road, Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (916) 393-8900
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Oto's is family-owned grocery store where customers are greeted with a hearty 'konichiwa.' The store went through a $4 million, 12,000 square foot expansion in May 2007 but still has a neighborhood corner store vibe. Oto's has a great selection of sushi and sashimi items so that you can make your own at home. My favorite find is their inventory of Hawaiian Sun drinks. They carry the usual guava nectar or pass-o-guava nectar flavors. But I was able to find the diet versions so that I can enjoy these tropical drinks without the guilt.
Address: 4990 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: (916) 424-2398
Hours: M-F: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.