If you are from a big city and used to a virtually unlimited selection of “exotic” foods, you may not appreciate this post. But ,if you are a small town guy like me (Augusta, GA), you may.
To get hard to find foodstuffs, I usually relay on periodic trips to the Dekalb Farmers Market in Atlanta, GA, truly a cornucopia of international foods and selection. I drive two plus hours to shop here, one way.
What I finally found today right here in Augusta, GA, has some things you can’t even get at the Dekalb Farmers Market, and it has been a few miles from my home all along. A Jamaican friend who brought my English mum-in-law salt fish that she actually liked and had given us some Jamaican curry powder, told us about it.
It is Bourda Green Caribbean/Oriental Market, 2308 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA. Originally, it was a German/Japanese market and the owners say that Germans are still the biggest customers (an Army base is nearby), but the Sanfords are from Guyana and they expanded it to include more Asian and especially Caribbean foodstuffs. It is truly an amazing place. As someone who lived for five years in Germany, has a mum-in-law from Liverpool, and loves any kind of food, I was like a kid in a candy shop.So was my wife, Lynn, and her mum, Pat. It was literally unbelievable.
Henry was there when we visited and he was a wonderful man.
Nothing we bought had MSG, but you could buy a bag full of it if you wanted. No, thanks on the MSG, but this place rocks. Here is what we ended up buying and it is all over the place, I know. I could have spent three times as much. But, the prices for these mostly imported items from all over were actually very reasonable. I was surprised, but this store is in a “working class” neighborhood with lots of immigrants, this is no hoity toity place. It is real, with real food and fair prices.
Here is what we bought. I made a dinner from some of it this evening and will post my recipe/menu later on, as it was actually an attempt at a Japanese veggie meal original for me and was pretty darn good, I must say.
locally made candied ginger
Thomy German medium hot mustard in the tube (from Germany)
Dynasty Hoisin sauce (from US)
Kikkoman Soba Tsuyu (from Japan)
Real Guyana Chinese Chow Mein noodles (from Guyana)
Brown Betty “West Indian Style” Chow Mein noodles (from Canada)
Dynasty dried black shiitake mushrooms (from China)
Chief Pholourie mix (from Trinadad)
African Fresh Egg Plant Garden Eggs in a can (from Ghana)
local goat meat chunks, raw
Salt fish (cod) like my Scouser mum-in-law remembers from childhood, first time we’ve found the real thing in the US (from US, I think)
Walkerswood Traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (from Jamaica)
Landsberg gooseberries (from Germany)
E. Wedel raspberry European biscuits (we call them Jaffa cakes) (from Poland)
Hungarian Brand smoked bacon (from US)
Krimskaya Brinza cheese (from Brooklyn, NY, or Romania, can’t really tell, doesn’t matter)
BBB Black Current juice (from Bulgaria) Landsberg Black Current Preserve (from Germany)
Fresh and Easy Stir Fry Sauce (from Canada)
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