Minh Phat Supermarket – Queen Victoria Market
March 20, 2012 § 4 Comments
I hate to get all “Melbourne’s Best-Kept Secrets” on you, but Minh Phat really is one of those things. It is so unobtrusive from the outside, sitting as it does opposite Vic Market on Therry Street, wedged between little clothing shops. But inside is one of the nicest, biggest pan-Asian supermarkets I’ve ever been in. I especially like to buy tofu there as it is better and cheaper than what you can get in Coleworths, and also cheaper than what is sold at the tofu store in the deli part of the Market (apparently called Tofu Trek…).
It’s so nice to be able to buy one’s spices and sauces and oils at the same time as fruit and veg from the Market, and it’s a pleasure to shop in. It might not be the cheapest Asian supermarket you’ve ever been to, but it’s definitely worth popping in.
Like most Asian supermarkets in Melbourne, as well as all the standard Vietnamese and Chinese ingredients and all the rices and noodles, you can get most things for Japanese and Korean cooking, a number of things for Indian and Thai cooking (especially spices), and it also has a small section of cleaning supplies and baking goods and other useful things if you don’t have time to get to your big supermarket. And a huge selection of frozen dumplings which I really need to try.
They also stock one of my new favourite ingredients, fermented chili bean paste, which has magically made stir-fries and fried rice a billion times better than they used to be:
Minh Phat have put up a sign with their opening hours on it, exciting!
Here it is:
Minh Phat Asian Supermarket
125-127 Therry Street
(Opposite the deli hall of the Vic Market)
See above for opening hours