99 Ranch Market
7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 974-8899
Cuisine: Asian

Filipino Depot
1001 W. San Marcos Blvd. Suite 135
San Marcos,CA
Phone: (760) 591-0355
Cuisine: Filipino

H Mart
9440 Mira Mesa Blvd
(between Black Mountain Rd & Westview Pkwy)
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 577-0060
Cuisine: Asian

Hing Long Oriental Food Market
4644 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego,CA
Phone: (619) 563-9986
Cuisine: Asian

Hoa Hing Market
4149 University Avenue
San Diego,CA
Phone: (619) 280-2132
Cuisine: Asian

Kyoto Gift & Food
559 Greenbrier Drive Suite B
Phone: (760) 757-5456
Cuisine: Japanese

Lucky Seafood Market
9326 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 586-7979
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Marukai Market
8111 Balboa Avenue
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 384-0248
Cuisine: Japanese

Minh Huong Supermarket
4029 Euclid Ave
San Diego,CA
Phone: (619) 281-5646
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Miramar Cash and Carry
9252 Miramar Rd
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 566-4819
Cuisine: Asian

Mitsuwa Marketplace
4240 Kearny Mesa Road #119
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 569-6699
Cuisine: Japanese

Nijiya Market
3860 Convoy Street
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 268-3821
Cuisine: Japanese

Phong Nguyen Tan
4153 University Avenue
San Diego,CA
Phone: (619) 281-9355
Cuisine: Vietnamese/Asian

Seafood City Supermarket
8955 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 549-0200
Cuisine: Filipino

Tam Thailand Foods
3456 Adams Avenue
San Diego,CA
Phone: (619) 280-8137
Cuisine: Thai

Thuan Phat Market
6935 Linda Vista Road
San Diego,CA
Phone: (858) 565-0398
Cuisine: Vietnamese/Asian

Vien Dong Supermarket
5382 University Avenue
San Diego,CA
Phone: (619) 583-3838
Cuisine: Vietnamese/Asian

Vinh Hung Supermarket
10550 Camino Ruiz
San Diego,CA 92126
Phone: (858) 408-0480
Cuisine: Asian

Zion Market
7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego CA 92111
Phone: (858) 268-3300
Cuisine: Korean/Asian

World Foods Supermarket
5245 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
Phone: (619) 265-9988
Cuisine: Asian

Muang Lao Market
4704 Market St
San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: (619) 264-3091
Cuisine: Asian

Lizy Gidy African Market
3727 University Avenue
San Diego,CA
Phone: (619) 255-6926
Cuisine: African/Caribbean

Mid East Market
4595 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
Phone: (619) 284-6361
Cuisine: African

Awash Market
2884 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: (619) 282-8280

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Septeto Santiaguero was founded in 1995, by members of Melodías de Ayer, a group formed in the early 1960s, together with the Estudiantina Invasora and the Cuarteto Patria, had for over three decadehttps://amzn.to/3w1IksR animated many a day and night at the Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba.—World Music Central

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A highly comedic and sharply satirical Asian American novel about race, Hollywood, immigration, assimilation, social expectations and a quest to find one's identity in a stereotyping world, Interior Chinatown is a 2020 National Book Award Winner and New York Times Bestseller.

"Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?—Amazon

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Hungarian Paprikás Csirke or "Chicken Paprikash requires only a few ingredients and simple to make, this is a great dish for when the weather turns chilly. As mentioned in our previous recipe for Goulash, Hungarians are rather fond of growing and consuming paprika. Please refer to that article for more cultural information about Hungary and its food. Many recipes for Paprikash stress that, unlike many other spices, paprika is best when it is relatively new. If you have an old can or jar of it that's been sitting in your kitchen cabinet for a while, it is advisable to purchase new. Paprika adds color and flavor to dishes, but the color will outlast the flavor if stored for a long time. This dish depends on the flavor of the Paprika. It can be either spicy or sweet paprika, or a combination of the two. Spicy paprika is very mild in comparison to chili powder, but it does have a little bite. If you only have the sweet variety, a pinch of cayenne powder with spice the dish up. Smoked paprika is another option. For a regional variation you can finely chop a red pepper and cook it with the onions. Many people enjoy the Pride of Szeged brand, which can be bought on Amazon.


  • 3 to 4 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks, or whole chicken legs skin-on
  • 1 tablespoon oil, or lard
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or crushed
  • 3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika (Sweet or Hot), the best you can find.
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 14 ounce canned crushed or finely diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth/stock
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley finely chopped


  1. Heat the oil or lard to medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or large heavy frying pan.
  2. Working in batches, brown the chicken on all sides.
  3. Set fried chicken pieces aside.
  4. Turn the heat under the pan to medium.
  5. Sauté the onion in the pan for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic to the onions and fry for an additional 3 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the paprika and flour over the onions and garlic, and cook for another 4 minutes.
  8. Add the diced/crushed tomatoes and the broth/stock to the pan and mix thoroughly.
  9. Cook for an additional half hour.
  10. Heat a large pot of water and cook the noodles according to package instruction.
  11. When the chicken and sauce are finished, mix in the sour creme.
  12. Salt and pepper the sauce to taste.*
  13. Drain the noodles and stir in the butter until it completely melted and mixed in.
  14. Serve the Paprikash over the buttered noodles and garnish with parsley.

* You may find it easier to temporarily remove the chicken from the sauce and then mix in the sour cream, salt and pepper. Afterward, return the chicken to the pot and make sure the pieces are well-coated with sauce.

* We are huge fans of Muhlen egg noodles which can be found at the Continent European Deli. You can also find German noodles at World Market for more money.

Recipe: T. Johnston-O'Neill

Photos: Shari K. Johnston-O'Neill

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