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Ethnic Grocery Stores: Indian, Thai, Japanese And Korean Supermarkets

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Get that authentic taste of your favourite cuisine by finding the right grocery store. We’ve tracked down everything from Indian grocery stores to Korean supermarkets to help you source your spices and hard to find ingredients.

As a new arrival to Hong Kong, one of the first things you miss about home is food, especially when moving with fussy eaters. Here we bring you a round-up of some ethnic grocery stores to keep handy for when you are on the hunt for your local ingredients. Maybe you just want to try out a new cuisine or recreate your favourite restaurant meal at home. Whatever the reason, these are the supermarkets and provision stores to head to for Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean or Indonesian ingredients. Happy grocery shopping!

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Indian Grocery Stores In Hong Kong
Thai Grocery Stores In Hong Kong
Korean Supermarkets In Hong Kong
Indonesian And Filipino Products In Hong Kong
Japanese Groceries In Hong Kong

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Indian Grocery Stores In Hong Kong

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Star Mart

This popular Indian grocery store has convenient locations in Hung Hom, Aberdeen, Discovery Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui (also one in Macau!) so you are never too far away. It also has an extensive online store with delivery all over Hong Kong with a minimum spend. It stocks everything from grocery items, personal care, ready-to-eat meals and spices, and even has a special range of festive goods for you to stock up on.

Star Mart, various locations, 2366 6534, WhatsApp: 9815 1392, [email protected], www.starmart.com.hk


Maharaja Mart

India is a large country with a large appetite and every region boasts a different fare. If you’re a fan of South Indian delicacies — the famous idlis and dosas — then Maharaja Mart is your store. Selling everything from grocery items to spices and even health and baby products this is a one-stop-shop. They also offer delivery to most parts of Hong Kong.

Maharaja Indian Emporium, A1, 1/F, Friends House, 6 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2756 5611,  [email protected], www.maharajamart.com


Indian Provision Store

Indian Provision Store is your best bet on Hong Kong island, closer to Central than the rest. This store is well stocked with everything from rare spices to herbs and condiments, basmati rice, chutneys, snacks and a whole lot more. All its supplies are freshly stocked and imported directly from India.

Indian Provision Store, 18 – 20 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2891 8324

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Spice Store

This online Indian grocery store is one of the most convenient options when it comes to shopping for all your Indian staples. On the site, you can see a great variety of food items and choose what you want as you compare prices to get the best deals.

Spice Store2944 2336, WhatsApp: 9888 3559, www.spicestore.hk


Localitree

You’ll find a good selection of Indian ingredients and groceries at very reasonable prices in this Kennedy Town warehouse. For easy browsing, check out the online store (which offers free delivery with a minimum spend depending on your location).

Localitree, Unit H, 22/F, Hong Kong Industrial Building, 444-452 Des Voeux Road West, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 5940 1514, [email protected], www.localitree.com


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More Indian Grocery Stores In Hong Kong

  • Regency Spices — This is the place to go for all your spices, dried fruits, nuts, seeds and even flower teas.
  • Shop Easy Superstore — Indian groceries and cooking ingredients and plenty of other discounted products.
  • DESI Bazaar — Caine Road Indian grocery store with a good range of products and excellent service.

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Thai Grocery Stores In Hong Kong

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South Wall Road in Kowloon City and the surrounding streets are the centre of Hong Kong’s “Little Thailand”. For the most authentic Thai groceries and food, this is the area to head. Cheong Thai Supermarket and Ruamjai Thai Grocery come recommended, but don’t be afraid to go for a browse and see what you find.

Sassy Mama tip: For a tasty street snack grab some freshly cooked satay sticks from the little Thailand Snacks store on the corner with Nga Tsin Wai Road.


Cheong Thai Supermarket

This supermarket has been around since the 1970s and is a leading supplier of Thai groceries in Hong Kong. Many popular Thai restaurants get their supplies here. When cooking Thai, the freshness of the ingredients is integral. Cheong Thai Supermarket gets stocked with a fresh supply of goods straight from Thailand several times a week!

Cheong Thai Supermarket, G/F, 25 Kai Tak Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2382 1988


Ruamjai Thai Grocery

Again located in Kowloon City, Rumajai Thai Market is fully stocked with some of the best Thai ingredients around. Thai food is rich in taste and aroma because of the beautiful combination of ingredients such as special Thai basil, lemongrass and fiery birds-eye chillies. You will get everything here.  

Ruamjai Thai Grocery, 21 South Wall Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2718 4808, [email protected], www.facebook.com/ruamjaithaigrocery

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Shing Fat Coconut And Spices

While this isn’t strictly a Thai grocery store, you will find many Thai spices and ingredients especially, as the name suggests, all things coconut! Be sure to try the homemade curry pastes and the freshly-ground powders (these include those used for Thai, Indonesian and Indian cooking and one Sassy Mama insists it has the freshest garam masala in Hong Kong!)

Shing Fat Coconut And Spices, Shop 18, G/F, 48-49 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2572 7725, [email protected], www.shingfatcoconutspiceslimited.com (the website is currently under construction)


Your Local Wet Market

Thai food is a favourite here in Hong Kong and where there is demand, there will be supply. This is proved by the fact that every major wet market in the city has a little Thai ingredients store. Keep a sharp eye out for these obscure, hole-in-the-wall shops and roadside stalls for they are easy to miss.

Also, keep in mind that a lot of the ingredients used for Thai cooking can also find their home in Vietnamese cuisine. If you’re looking to make some vermicelli or spring rolls, head to the Thai stores for some key ingredients!

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Korean Supermarkets In Hong Kong

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For Korean delicacies, Kimberly Street in TST (not to be mistaken with Kimberley Road!) is where you should head as it’s synonymous with all things Korean. Go wild with the choices available and finish your shopping experience with a meal at one of the quaint Korean restaurants in the neighbourhood where you can feast on some authentic fresh kimchi washed down with some soju – true Korean style!


New World Mart — Also known as Corean Mart

You will find everything in this Kimberly Street store from sesame oil and soybean paste to brown rice. Even Korean cosmetics and other personal items are available. Be sure to check out the online store for the full range of products and free delivery for purchases over $500.

The Korean Food Mart, 5 Kimberly Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2369 5074, www.coreanmart.com


Korea Mart

Also located on Kimberly Street, this is another famous Korean store. Similar to the other Korean stores in the vicinity, this little supermarket has anything and everything you will need to cook up a veritable Korean feast.

Korea Mart, 2 Kimberly Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Busan Food Supplies Co.

Just around the corner from Kimberly Street, Busan Food supplies is a little higher-end and perfect if you are looking for great Korean wine to go with your fine spread. Busan Food Supplies is a big name in the Korean food and drink market and in fact, they are one of the largest distributors of Korean food and wine here in HK.

Busan Food Supplies Co., 6/F, Flat C, Hankow Building, 45 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Where To Find Indonesian And Filipino Products In Hong Kong

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World Wide House in Central is the centre of all things Filipino in Hong Kong. Similarly, for Indonesian speciality stores, head to the East Point Center in Causeway Bay. On Sundays, both are (understandably!) packed with people picking up their favourite snacks and groceries, as well as practical items like international SIM cards and money remittance outlets.

Like Thai products, you can usually find at least one store dedicated to Filipino and Indonesian ingredients and products around any local wet market.

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Indo Market

For Indonesian groceries, there’s no need to look further than the Indo Market. It’s counted as one of the largest Southeast Asian supermarket chains in Hong Kong. You will get everything here from Indonesian fried noodles and coconut milk to spices and sauces.

Indo Market, various locations in Hong Kong, 2115 6216, www.indomarket.com.hk (the website is in Chinese so you’ll need to use Google Translate)

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Quezon Pinoy Xpress Mart

With eight locations around Hong Kong (including three in Central), this is a safe bet to find Filipino speciality items. There are typical pre-packaged snack foods along with seasonal delicacies that you’re sure to enjoy.

Quezon Pinoy Xpress Mart, various locations in Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Quezon-Pinoy-Xpress-Mart

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Where To Buy Japanese Groceries In Hong Kong

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If it is sushi and sashimi that you crave, then here in HK you will feel pretty much at home. It is easy to find the basic Japanese food essentials in your neighbourhood Wellcome or Parknshop and for a richer selection of produce, you can visit any large supermarket such as city’super or Great Food Hall.

If you are really fussy and particular about your Japanese food brands, check out the following online shopping options. These are speciality online Japanese grocery stores that deliver straight from the land of the rising sun to your doorstep.

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Don Don Donki

For all things Japanese, you can’t go past Don Don Donki. This Japanese store is more than just a supermarket and stocks all the things you never knew you wanted or needed in your life!

Don Don Donki, various locations in Hong Kong, www.dondondonki.com

Editor’s note: The website isn’t available in English so you’ll need to use Google translate. 


Marche

At Marche, you will easily find your everyday Japanese groceries at the click of your mouse. All products are sourced from Japan and delivered directly to your home (with free delivery with purchases over $800).

Marche, 9075 2155, www.marche.hk


Tasting Table Japan Premium

This Japanese grocery store in Causeway Bay stocks a range of popular cooking ingredients along with ready-made snacks and meals. Stop by the store and indulge in some samples, or buy online with free delivery to most of Hong Kong with purchases over $700.

Tasting Table Japan Premium, Flat A, 1/F Cleveland Mansion, 5 & 7 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, 2562 2560, www.tastingtable-japanpremium.hk

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and updated in most recently in February 2022 by Jess Mizzi. 

  Main image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Marion Botella on Unsplash, image 2 image courtesy of Getty, image 3 courtesy of No Revisions on Unsplash, image 4 courtesy of Vicky Ng on Unsplash, image 5 courtesy of Chitto Cancio on Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of Chanhee Lee on Unsplash.

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