Southwest Oriental Market Inc
9170 W 159th St.,
Orland Park, IL
After checking out Bangkok Oriental Grocery, we hopped onto LaGrange Rd and drove down to Southwest Oriental Market. This market was more modern and much larger. There is a wall of frozen goods across from shelves of noodles and rice. In the next aisle, there is a refrigerated case of produce, meat, and perishable sauces. The other aisles had varieties of sauces, seasonings, instant food, and snack foods. They also stock a few common appliances and utensils necessary for Asian-style cooking. This store seems to cater more to Filipino, Chinese, and Japanese cooks.
I have to say that I was pretty impressed with the wide variety of items in the store. I could have spent more time in this store, but we had already picked up many of the items I needed at Bangkok, so I only gave the store a bit of a cursory glance. The staff were not overly friendly, but they were not rude, and answered a couple of questions we had. We are also definitely coming back here, because on Fridays, Southwest Oriental Market has a local cook bring in Balut. Vegetarians need not apply; Balut is basically a cooked duck egg that was once near hatching time. Peruse the Wikipedia article about Balut if you’re not grossed out already.
We probably won’t like it but I still can’t wait to try it, haha. I’ll post a trip report about that too… but will put the pictures after the jump for you queasy folks.