On our foray into ethnic markets, we discovered so many interesting places that we were forced to complete our survey with yet another article. This time, we are looking at Asian markets. Actually, these markets are all pan-Asian, but each focuses on the food of a particular country. In our area, there are Chinese and Japanese markets, but very nearby in Westminster are many Vietnamese markets, while Irvine has an excellent Korean one.
The most well-known is the Chinese-owned 99 Ranch Market at 18081 Magnolia St. in Fountain Valley that has ingredients from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as Japan, Vietnam, Korea and, of course, every region of China. Their newest branch is a spanking clean, enormous space in Fountain Valley. If you have never visited one of these markets, their most spectacular feature is the large tanks filled with live crabs, lobster, clams, carp, tilapia, catfish and bass. You can take the fish home live, have it filleted or even have it deep-fried.