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Source: Fairway Trading – Ottawa

9 Byward Market, Ottawa, (613) 241-6429

Fairway Trading is located in the heart of Byward Market and is the first place I regularly shopped at in Ottawa for Asian foods. In truth, you can find a lot more in Chinatown food-wise, but this little store has a lot of other interesting things as well… 

The Fairway store is not large – about half the floor space of a moderate bungalow in all – but it is chock-filled with stuff to the point that it is difficult to move without making sure you aren’t about to bring something crashing down. This is a bit of an inconvenience, I suppose but, in fact, the higgledy-piggledy nature of the place is ultimately part of its charm.

There are some fresh foods available, but the range of selection varies from visit to visit and, on this last occasion, there was a nice selection of chilies and some lovely stalks of fresh lemongrass. There is always a decent selection of dried spices as well as sauces and pastes, and many varieties of noodles and soup mixes.

One nice thing I found about this store is the service. On this occasion the clerk (possibly the owner?) recognized me even though it was probably two years since my last visit. ‘I remember you…’ he said. ‘Don’t you come from very far way?” I have to say that this made quite an impression on me and made my visit especially memorable. The guy was very friendly and chatted to me a mile a minute the whole time I was there.

The best feature of this store is the selection of dishware they offer and which takes up nearly half the floor space. There is another store in Chinatown I like that has a good selection too, but the variety here is very good and not at all expensive. Indeed, this was the primary reason I came to the store on this latest visit to the capital.

My Finds

I was getting a little tired of photographing my culinary experiments on the same old dishes and I planned, on this trip, to expand my collection a little. I settled on the ones you see above but nice one, sadly, got broken on the trip back home and I won’t get to use it (Damn First Air baggage handlers!)…

My last purchase was an item I happened to see as I was at the counter buying everything else. It is a wooden device designed to help make Sushi rolls and is quite close to an idea had myself for something along the same lines … my own patent can be kissed goodbye, I guess…

Anyway, you will be seeing the dishes I bought in future ‘Experiment’ posts. It may be a while before I get to test the Sushi maker, but stay tuned for the results.


I am a lawyer by profession and my practice is Criminal... I mean, I specialize in Criminal law. My work involves travelling on Court circuits to remote Arctic communities. In between my travels I write a Food blog at

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