Right across the street from the terrific Thanh Nga Nine is Minh Phat Supermarket. Though it's not specifically targeted to the vego crowd like Vincent or Global Green, this huge grocery offers an amazing array of Asian groceries for veg*ns as well as omnivores. Having recently stocked up at Global Green, I resisted the large freezer dedicated to mock meats and most of the sauces and pastes. The wackiest items we located were probably the mushroom-based veg alternatives to pork floss and jerky, but we left them on the shelves for now and grabbed some foods that appetised us as much as they amused.
We were dazzled by the huge selection of dried fruits. Who knew there were so many varieties and preparations of plums? After much deliberation we chose dried sweet mango ($3.40), sugar-coated tamarind ($1.35) and chilli guava ($3.40).
We also took home Brinjal (eggplant) pickle ($3.80), potato crispy biscuits ($3.40), cashew nut cookies ($1.50), garlic crackers ($1.80) and coloured tapioca pearls ($2.35).
That $21 is going to make for a lot of interesting snacking - we'll report back as we munch our way through these goodies.
Address: 2-8 Nicholson St, Abbotsford
Ph: 9429 4028