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Source: Wa Kiu – Ottawa

713 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, (613) 235-3134

This used to be my favorite stop for Asian foods whenever I got to visit Ottawa but the Kowloon Market  just across the street has taken its place recently. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like Wa Kiu anymore, by any means, but I do have to note that the place has deteriorated a bit over the last little while… 

Wa Kiu is not very large but it still manages to pack a pretty good selection of different Asian foodstuffs. One interesting feature is the Barbecue products they display for takeaway. They didn’t have a huge selection on this particular date but you can see a couple of delicious looking ducks and a whole barbecued pig’s head at the bottom of the display window. I keep meaning to try some of this sometime but every time I visit the store I am usually laden down with purchases and on my elsewhere to eat … maybe on my next trip to Ottawa?

Wa Kiu carries a fairly decent selection of dried goods – vegetables, seafood, soup-mixes, etc. – and plenty of sauces and seasonings. They have some fresh vegetables and also tanks for live seafood. On this visit, as on my last, there was actually very little fresh fish to choose from. One tank held only a single, lonely looking specimen. It was an unusual fish, though – one I have never seen before – and I am sorry I didn’t take a picture of it to show you.

Beyond the food, there is also a selection of cooking gear that is generally quite reasonably priced. There is not a lot to chose from though and there are other stores down the street with better variety.

Wa Kiu has, as I say, gone down hill a bit since I first visited 7 or 8 years ago, and you can see the rather decrepit appearance of the storefront in the first picture above. Still, it is always possible to come across something you can’t find elsewhere and is thus worth a visit.

My Finds

  • Dried Octopus
  • Dried Mandarin Orange Peel
  • Sui Mi Ya Cai – Pickled Vegetable
  • Sesame Mochi
  • Alligator Meat Soup Mix

Naturally, I will be featuring these products in ‘Foodstuffs’ posts and culinary experiments in coming weeks. I am especially looking forward to trying the Alligator soup…

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  1. Leslie Wirtanen #

    Asian food is every bit as diverse as it is delicious. I used to think that I knew Asian foods growing up. You see, we used to go out to Chinese and practically every weekend. They were a couple Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood, and they were perfect for us kids. They were greasy, flavorful, and we got a cookie at the end of every meal. What more could a child ask for?-

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