How do you know when you live in a place that is immigrant-rich? By the quality of the international grocery market. Ok, it’s certainly not the only measure, but it’s a darn good one. Thus, CAM Asia on Miles Road.
Yelp is not a daily newspaper website but comments can be just as biting. Not about Cam Asia, however. This time, comments are full of wide-eyed wonderment from people who have that AHA moment after visiting for the first time.
And for good reason! It is like being a kid in a candy store. The variety of produce and packaged goodies is huge – and representative of so many Asian cuisine staples: Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, to name a few.
Oddly enough, I’ve yet to visit the MIles Rd farmers market (yes, I know, long overdue). But I had clients in Richmond Heights last summer and decided to check out Cam Asia afterward. I left with lots of veggies, some Japanese udon and rice noodles, sesame oil (less expensive, by the way, for all these items, at least the ones available other places, than your typical grocery store), some wasabi and prepared pickled noodles that were amazing.
You can read the Yelp reviews here.
I did not see blue crabs when I was there but according to one review, they fly them in. Be still my heart.
Thankfully, we have a large enough immigrant population to support wonderful markets like CAM Asia. Another reason to keep that diverse population flowing.