KimSon Asian Market
Wichita has a huge Asian community. With that comes many wonderful Asian restaurants which include Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and other ethnicities of dining. But what about the local grocery stores? I had some readers ask if I could touch upon the various Asian grocery stores to which I obliged. The first one I’ll be cover is KimSon Asian Market which is located at 960 E Pawnee just a tad south of Downtown Wichita.
To put it in their own words, KimSon is a place you can find fresh produce, seafood, meats, and homemade delicacies with a welcoming cultural flavor. KimSon embodies an emerging and flourishing Vietnamese culture that has called Wichita home for many decades. They’ve been in Wichita for a few years shy of 20 years and have been a common stop for me.
What I love most about KimSon is the customer service. Growing up Vietnamese, I’m familiar with many dishes. What I fail to know though is what makes each dish and what each of the ingredients were called. Anytime I’ve gone in with a shopping list, their staff has always helped answer any questions I have and even make suggestions.
They have aisles and aisles of noodles, desserts, sauces, and nearly any ingredient you need to make your favorite dishes found at the local restaurants.
They even have fresh noodles on hand which I prefer over the bagged stuff on the shelves.
Where KimSon really excels for many of their customers (aside from service) is their selection of seafood. Depending on the season, they’ll try to stock as much as possible. They have lobster, crawfish, clams, mussels, tilapia, catfish, shrimp, yellow fin tuna, you name it.
Another big area for them is their selection of exotic fruits and vegetables. They are always having items shipped in from all over Asia.
If you don’t want to cook for yourself, they do some cooked food readily available like roasted duck, pork and bahn mis.
Ice cream? They have that too.
Customer service, selection of many traditional Asian delicacies, and it doesn’t end there. Their prices are extremely competitive with other Asian grocery stores and even the national ones like Walmart and Dillons.
If you’re looking for an Asian Market, KimSon is definitely one of my suggestions.
You can find them at 960 E. Pawnee St. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. For more, visit their Facebook page.
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