Wisconsin’s first pan-Asian supermarket is coming to West Allis, with an expected opening date of late 2024.
The supermarket chain currently has five stores in Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Each offers a selection of more than 10,000 Asian food items from a wide variety of cuisines, including Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai, according to the company’s website.
Construction on the new Milwaukee-area location is expected to begin in February or March. The supermarket will be located at 6900 W. Greenfield Ave. in the West Allis Towne Center. The building formerly housed a Kmart which closed in 2017.
Pan-Asia is not the first Asian market in town. So if you’re excited about Pan-Asia coming to Milwaukee but don’t want to wait a year to shop for delicious Asian food, here are five Milwaukee-area Asian markets to try today.
Chu Hai Oriental Market: 7510 W. Appleton Ave., Milwaukee
Chu Hai Oriental Market is located on Milwaukee’s northwest side at 7510 W. Appleton Ave.
The market sells imported specialty foods, as well as meat, seafood, produce and baked goods, according to the website. Examples of products featured on the market’s Facebook page include oxtail, lychees, bitter melon, a variety of mushrooms, duck eggs and much more.
Chu Hai offers a wide selection of exotic vegetables, fruits and animal products, as well as Asian sweets and ice cream.
Learn more on the Chu Hai Oriental Market website and Facebook page.
Café Mekong: 5930 W North Ave, Milwaukee
The Mekong Café on North Avenue is home to both a restaurant and an Asian market. The restaurant sells sandwiches influenced by several Asian cuisines, as well as Boba tea, cold-pressed juices and other drinks. The cafe also has refrigerated grab-and-go snacks available for purchase.
The Mekong Market offers a wide selection of Asian products that can be purchased in store or ordered online. These include many sauces, spices and seasonings, desserts and sweets, drinks, canned goods, fruits and vegetables and frozen meat products.
Mékong also offers catered menus of starters, dinners and desserts.
Visit the Mekong Café website or Facebook page to find out more. You can even order online and see the market selection.
Mo Food Market: 2404 W Clybourn St, Milwaukee
Mo’s Food Market, located at 2404 W. Clybourn St. near downtown Milwaukee, sells items from many Asian cuisines, including Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The market regularly updates its Facebook page when new items arrive.
Mo’s Food Market regularly receives shipments of exotic fruit products, such as red guava, rambutan, longan, persimmon and dragon fruit. The market also offers a wide selection of vegetables, meat and fish, as well as frozen products such as dumplings, tofu nuggets and rice balls.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, Mo’s Food Market also sells imported snacks like Melona Frozen Treats and unique Oreo flavors.
To learn more and browse the market’s always-updated selection, visit the Mo’s Food Market Facebook page.
Ono Kine Grindz: 7215 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
Ono Kine Grindz in Wauwatosa is a Hawaiian and Asian restaurant, catering company and food market.
The restaurant’s menu features many Hawaiian dishes, including Kalua Pig, Ahi Poke, Char Siu Chicken, Pork Belly and Butterfish wrapped in steamed taro leaves, and Carrot and Butterfish Salad. ‘pineapple. Dining options are available for up to 200 people, according to the website, and the options repeat much of what’s on the restaurant’s menu.
As for the market, Ono Kine Grindz sells pre-made bento boxes, Kalua Pig BBQ, many flavors of Aloha Maid Natural Nectars, many macadamia nut products and candies, and “an impressive variety.” Hawaiian and Asian sauces, condiments and rice. and more.
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Sri Gayathri Foods: 19035 W. Blue Mound Rd., Suite 7, Brookfield
If you’re looking for an all-Indian market rather than a general Asian market, check out Sri Gayathri Foods in Brookfield, at 19035 W. Blue Mound Rd., Suite 7.
The store offers a small selection of prepared snacks, as well as many grocery items available to order for pickup or delivery. The store sells many fruits and vegetables, snack items, naan and roti breads, meal kits, pantry items, frozen foods, and health and beauty products.
Explore Sri Gayathri Foods’ full selection and order online at the store’s website.
Journal Sentinel reporter Adrienne Davis contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Five Milwaukee-area Asian markets to try while waiting for Pan-Asia