Lucky Oriental Mart Has Pocky, Mochi, and Milkfish

Located off Bird Road, Lucky Oriental

Mart is an Asian grocery store stocked with foods and products from

China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the

Philippines. Stroll the aisles and your curiosity will be

piqued by colorfully packaged products like teas, candies,

and cookies.

The items we picked up included

Pocky ($1.99). These addictive cookie sticks are covered in, among other things, milk

chocolate and strawberry. There are numerous brands and styles. The

mochi ($5.99) we purchased either had issues thawing and

refreezing or is just a poor product. The coffee ice cream was

smooth, but the mochi was gritty and lacked

chewiness. It's a shame we didn't trust our instincts and go for the

pint of green tea ice cream ($4.99).

The produce looks fresh and includes Asian cooking staples such as bamboo shoots, watercress, and bok

choy. Fruits such as Asian pears ($1.89 per pound) are available. In

the vicinity, a seafood case displays fresh catches such as milkfish

($3.59 per pound), bass ($2.99 per pound), tilapia ($1.29 per pound),

golden pompano ($3.99 per pound), and shrimp ($3.99 per pound).

There are aisles containing plastic-ware

and plate-ware that can suit occasions from casual to at-home formal

dinners. Household gadgets such as teapots ($9.99 to $12.99), French

presses ($12.99), and electric kettles ($24.99) can also be had. The section of health-care products was intriguing. At the ends of the aisles are boxes of (pre-owned?) sandals -- some with no prices tags.

The mart is rounded out by alcohol --

sake ($3.29 and up) -- jewelry, plants, and just about anything you

didn't know you needed. Dried fish, anyone?

Lucky Oriental Mart is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lucky Oriental Mart
8356 Bird Rd., #D-1, Miami

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