Chin Chin’s Benjamin Cooper
shares his top five Asian grocers
Diners queue for hours for a taste of Benjamin Cooper’s Asian delicacies at Chin Chin in Flinders Lane.
The head chef at what is possibly Melbourne’s busiest restaurant does amazing things with Asian cuisine, searching Melbourne’s best Asian markets for authentic ingredients.
These are his top five Asian grocers…
Astee is an awesome shop in Glen Waverly’s Railway Pde. I have been using Astee as a restaurant supplier for eight years. They are fantastic people to deal with and the shop is like an Aladdin’s cave of Asian ingredients – everything you need to create that next Asian banquet.
2. Minh Phat
Abbotsford’s Minh Phat is a one stop shop for Asian goods, a veritable cornucopia of all things Asian, whether it’s food, crockery, cooking equipment or decorations. You name it they’ve more than likely got it.
Tan Dai Grocery, or Mr T’s as everyone calls it, always has a great selection of herbs and vegetables. as well as an excellent selection of Asian sweets.
South Melbourne Market’s Golden Dragon Asian Grocery is a great little South Melbourne local, covering most of the basics as well as some more quirky items. The lovely owners are always willing to help find that elusive ingredient.