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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ASIAN MARKETS in Costa Rica - Where to find Asian (Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Filipino+), Indian & Middle Eastern Ingredients & Food Products • Productos Oriental in Costa Rica

Finding Asian (Thai • Chinese • Japanese • Taiwanese • Filipino+), Indian and Middle Eastern Ingredients & Food Products • Productos Oriental - in Costa Rica is NOT easy to find!!  Added to they have been in HUGE scrutiny over the past few years from the government - mainly because most things don't have proper labeling in Spanish and/or dates have expired.  So at one time or the other, most have been closed down or items removed. 

Sadly, my FAVORITE Asian Market - Super Sony - sold and moved and the new owners are only going to be selling wholesale to restaurants.

So here's a list of some of the stores I've found so far.  Hope it helps & if you find others to add, PLEASE get me ALL the details you can and email me at:

Ancyfer.com  •  facebook.com/pages/Ancyfer/254639467897677  •  2-256-8106  •  2-223-3082  •  ChikFung@racsa.co.cr
great option for Asian products.  LOTS of sauces!!  Wholesale to other restaurants+.
Note their website looks like you might be able to order online and have it delivered to you with a $100 minimum
San Jose - Calle 11on Paseo de los Estudiantes and Avenida 10-12 - 100 meters East•Este y 50 meters South•Sur of Acueductos y Alcantarillados (I saw that it's 1 block South of Tin Jo)
(they have their own parking lot)


Kawo Mercado Oriental - aka SuperMercado Asia • Supera Asia
crjin.com/esp/t/t008.htmlKawoCR.com • 2-235-9891-customer service • 2-236-3103-office 2-236-0308 servicio@KawoCR.com  •  kawo@sol.racsa.cr
General Manager - Rodlolfo Koo Chang - RKoo@KawoCR.com  •  Sales - Michael Rojas Viquez - MRV@KawoCR.com

Dim Sum, Green Teas, all sorts of

Gallon bottles of Soy Sauce, Sesame Sauce, Fish Sauce, Kung Pao Sauce, Plum Sauce, Duck Sauce++
 my FAV Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce

Many flavors and sizes of Rice including Jasmin Rice and Basmati Rice, Ramen Noodles (not just the standard one you find in general markets) and Udon Noodles, Miso, Shiitake Mushrooms, fresh Oriental Vegetables, a BUNCH of Frozen things, Oriental Liquors and LOTS MORE (check out their website for great pictures showing what all they have!!).

2 doors down from SuperMercado Asia is their mega chunchie store

Feng Shui tools

Monday-Saturday 8:30am-8:30pm. Sunday - 8:30am-8pm
(I've also seen -
Monday thru Sunday, 9am - 6:30pm AND I've seen Daily 9am-8pm.  I'll verify)


 Tibas - 500 meters Sur•South of the iglesia•church
(map - crjin.com/esp/espmapa001.html)
Dolores did great bus directions at on SuperMercado Asia on her blog:
Other directions
Tibas exit from 32, follow road North, down in front of McDonalds to the dead end at the plaza, and take a left. and its 400 meters (1/2 mile) on the right side. and the gift shop is 2 more shops down on the right.


Distribuidora Hong Kong
Super Han
Súper El Puerto
SuperMercado Da Xing
SuperMercado Los Angeles - San Jose Centro
SuperMercado 88 - Barrio México


If you read about a SUPER SECRET Asian foods store (with no sign) in Rohrmoser • Pavas - note that one of my drivers went by there with a few clients a few months back and it was strange as they were VERY SECRETIVE and though they let them in to buy THIS time, they were saying they're really more for restaurants (though I found that odd as Abner brought me one of my FAV Sweet Chili sauces [but not my regular/fav brand at all!!]).


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