Lam's Seafood Haul
This week, we headed to Lam's Seafood Asian Market to stock up on tons of Vietnamese products and produce. Lam's has locations in Little Saigon (Seattle) and Tukwila. The Tukwila location is a brand new market that just opened in Summer 2020. The store is very large with dedicated produce section, a butcher shop, extensive seafood area, and packaged goods (all different Asian products, but mostly Vietnamese staples). Lam's was founded 24 years ago in Seattle's Little Saigon neighborhood. As the small store grew to serve a growing Vietnamese population, they expanded the footprint of the Seattle location and, eventually, opened their new market in Tukwila. With Tết (Vietnamese New Year) just a few weeks away, the store is busy with customers and seasonal finds. Be sure to come hungry because the store serves a variety of prepared foods (bánh mì, spring rolls, Bánh Giò, and more) and has a cafeteria with restaurants, tea shops, and bakeries - be sure to grab a mochi donut from Dochi while you're there!
Check out what we've got for the week down below; I've included prices for each category for reference. Stay tuned for recipes using these delicious finds in the following posts as well as my "What I eat in a Wednesday" series in my instagram stories.
This week, we stocked up on our favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables from the produce isle as well as specialty Asian vegetables. Lam's produce section includes prepared vegetables for hot pot, soups, and dishes. These packaged veggies are fresh, save time, and are actually quite affordable given the saved prep time and diversity of ingredients. These kits are a staple whenever we go to the Tukwila or Seattle location. This week we got:
Red bell peppers
Samlor Korko vegetable kit: green papaya, squash, eggplant, green beans
Total Cost: $19.77
Protein & Packaged Goods
When it comes to protein, we eat everything - plant based proteins, chicken, seafood, eggs/dairy, and red meat. We also try to mix up our snack and packaged options throughout the week for our health and the environment. In addition to our staples, we got some specific Vietnamese products. This week we got:
Bánh chưng (Vietnamese New Year rice cake with mung beans and pork)
Dưa món chay (Vietnamese picked vegetables)
Canh Chua broth mix
Kroeung paste (Cambodian curry)
Total Cost: $48.37
We will be using these ingredients to make Thịt Kho (braised pork), Canh Chua (sweet and sour fish soup), and Cambodian Curry. Stay tuned for more great recipes coming to the blog soon.
Have you checked out either Lam's Seafood location? What are your go-to Vietnamese grocery items? Share you favorite products or recipes in the comment section below.