Semi-Homemade Ethnic Meals

17 Aug

Lesson learned: drive 3 miles south of luxury SUV, golf course covered northern Carrollton for small adventures into ethnic food.

These aren’t the greatest ethnic markets but I am certainly glad to have something close to home.  On the southside of the Frankford and Josey intersection is where my adventure takes me. 

1) Carrollton Plaza Supermarket, a large Asian market on the southeast corner of the intersection, has a huge variety of fresh seafood and produce.  The bakery serves up some interesting items as well.  My favorite thing here (and this is almost shameful to admit) is the huge selection of frozen goods.  Maybe selections in other items aren’t as complete as some of the other Asian markets in DFW, but this place is frozen dumplings heaven!  I am often guilty of picking up frozen crystal shrimp dumplings, pork and crab xiao long bao, BBQ pork buns, and shui mai for dim sum at home.  I usually serve edamame (blanched frozen kind) with these little delightful dumplings along with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, rice wine vinegar, and sugar. 

The strip mall also has a couple of Vietnamese restaurants and a boba tea place.  I wasn’t impressed with the boba tea place (why go here when Fat Straws is closer?) or one of the restaurants (I think it’s Bon Mua?), but will go try the other restaurant soon.

2) La Tapatia Meat Market, across the street on the southwest corner of the intersection, is a fruteria, carniceria, taqueria, and panaderia rolled into one stop.  The setup is similar to the popular La Michoacana chain with the added lure of sweet breads, bollilos, and other pasteles baked fresh daily.  I guilty of buying the fajita meat from the taqueria by the pound and assembling tacos and tortas at home when I’m feeling too lazy to fire up the grill. 

There is a restaurant in this shopping center, Nico’s Cocina, that I want to try.  Anyone else been here before?


4 Responses to “Semi-Homemade Ethnic Meals”

  1. David 08/21/2007 at 12:11 pm #

    Nico’s is great. The service can be a little challenging but their effort and commitment is appreciated.

    I’ve dined there several times and will gladly travel to Nico’s from Coppell.

    Both breakfast (they say they open at 9:00 but dont arrive too early) and lunch are very good.

    I hope you enjoy it. Its one of my favorite Mexican restaurants.

  2. donnaaries 08/23/2007 at 5:46 pm #

    A new dim sum place has opened in the Carrollton Plaza shopping center called Hong Kong Royal. Can’t wait to check it out!

  3. donnaaries 08/26/2007 at 7:00 pm #

    Stopped by Hong Kong Royal for a few takeout dim sum samples. Fried taro, sesame balls, and BBQ pork buns are all excellent. This is the same HK Royal crew that used to be in Richardson then moved to Arlington and are now in Carrollton. Will be back for a full review soon!

  4. donnaaries 10/03/2007 at 1:18 am #

    The taqueria in La Tapatia serves up some mean tortas with the fresh baked bollilos from the bakery. They’re huge, too! Check out this carne asada torta.

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