Monday, March 09, 2009

Anatomy of a Grocery Trip: Fubonn Supermarket & Brooklyn Pad Thai

It's been quite a while!  Somehow I've gone since September without an addition to the 
Get Sconed! Anatomy of a Grocery Trip series.  Blame the economy.  And living close to a New Seasons market.  
Yesterday I had tofu on the brain and took the bus to Fubonn Supermarket, just south of Division on 82nd Ave.
The goods:

I picked up fresh ginger, locally made fried tofu, fresh rice noodles, Mori Nu silken tofu, rice vinegar, agar agar and tamarind concentrate, which I haven't seen at Fubonn before and found on display for $1.69 or so!  I have some vegetables at home, so these were all fun, special purchases.  Once I grabbed the tofu and tamarind, I found myself walking to the fresh noodle section, and Pad Thai fell on the menu for dinner....

Brooklyn Pad Thai with thin rice noodles  

The recipe is from Vegan with a Vengeance.  This was my first time using tamarind concentrate ever - it's one of those products that I meant to buy and never had - and the taste was so close to Pad Thai Woon Sen at Pad Thai Kitchen!  I added broccoli and green bell pepper, and left out the red onions.  I used Sambal Olek as my chili component and the final product was fantastic.  Not to mention cooked in less than 15 minutes..

31 comments:

PB and Jess said...

I am so jealous of that local tofu!!! Pad Thai is one of my favs

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Yeah it's great fu, besides the whole wrapped on a styrofoam tray in plastic....that's another reason I didn't come home with vegetables from Fubonn, the tofu packaging was enough - I was close to buying mushrooms but refrained...

VeggieGirl said...

OOOOH love Thai food.

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

I just love how they use peanuts in Thai cooking - the crunch of peanuts in noodle dishes is really welcome.

herbstsonne said...

Hee, this was also the first meal I used tamarind concentrate in! I think it definitely gives it that restaurant pad thai flavor. I love it! Use it in the Tamarind Lentils from Veganomicon, it's gooooood.

veggievixen said...

amazinggggg.

i love local, international food markets!

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Oh, now I am jealous too. I'd never be able to find fun stuff like that around here. Fresh ban pho noodles? Fried tofu? Never! I considered myself lucky when I happened upon tamarind concentrate (for like 4 bucks, though!!)

And... in one local grocery store, they wrap broccoli on styrofoam plates. WTF is up with that?

mel said...

Fresh rice noodles are the BEST!

Veganissexy said...

Oh there is nothing better than fried tofu. Yum. I havn't made my own phad thai before because there are just so many funky ingredients, I never have them all on hand. Yours looks divine :)

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

You get the best groceries.

Taylor said...

That pad Thai looks just as good as a restaurant's!

shelby said...

Pad Thai sounds amazing!

I just found some locally made tofu and tempeh, I can't wait to try it out.

DJ said...

That looks so delicious! Love fried tofu and Pad Thai!

Bianca said...

I keep meaning to pick up some tamarind paste too. I'll have to put that recipe on my list so I'll have an excuse to use it.

Melody Polakow said...

Yum! That looks spectacular!

InALittleMinute said...

looks yummy~

Carrie said...

That pad thai looks so delectable...

Chelsea said...

I will have to make this! I love Pad Thai! I used tamarind once before but I have been needing to find and make a good pad thai since. I am so excited!

Nicole said...

The local tofu you picked up looks so goood

allicia said...

Lordy, that looks delicious.

DJ Karma said...

Love it! Your pad thai looks so good!

JENNA said...

I would love a big bowl of your Pad Thai any day or night! Looks amazingly delicious!

lazysmurf said...

that tofu looks so yummy, your pad thai looks really nice, my pics are always terrible!

Erica said...

I bought tamarind beans at the tienda down the street from my house, but have no idea what to do with them, so they are sitting in my cupboard.

jodye said...

Ooh that pad thai looks absolutely delectable! I can never deny pad thai

I'm Philippa O said...

yuuuuuuuuuum i miss a good pad thai

allularpunk said...

that's the second time i've seen that pad thai in blogland today. it must be a sign from above. or something.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Mmm! I love a good shopping trip post!

Anonymous said...

i love to get variety of asian food here, but the thing is a casheir(customer's service) named DAONY is a bad impression to the company for her attitude is unacceptable,We go their as a family with our teen kids. But while we're paying, she's throwing the veges as after being weighted. does not care or handle the product properly right in fromt of her customers/buyers. Any customer needs respect especialy to the food/products that you pay. These matter needs a big address for future customers especialy if kids are present for they tell and learn on what they see .

magic lady said...

respect is always appreciated in all work place.

v&l said...

smile can help connect to your customers