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Fry’s and Basha’s might be your favorite grocery store for eggs, milk, bread, and other common American foods. But when you need fish sauce, soba noodles, or kimchee, you’d better head to Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket in Chandler or Peoria. The store also stocks hard-to-find produce like bitter melon, lychee, Thai eggplant, Korean daikon, and kohlrabi, as well as meat like duck (head on or off), goat, octopus, and beef neck. And when you’re sick of American convenience foods, there’s even an entire aisle devoted to different types of ramen from halfway across the world. Although primarily an Asian market, Lee Lee imports food from over 30 countries worldwide, including Holland, Peru, Sweden, New Zealand, and Croatia. No matter what your international craving, chances are you’ll find something satisfying here, such as unique candies and snacks. And don’t forget to check out the frozen section where there are countless varieties of steam buns, gyoza, and samosas.
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Taking that first step into Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket you experience a completely different an original culture that seems foreign. Being brand new to the culture and the supermarket I was in a different world. It was hard to believe it was designed to meet the needs of specific people, interests, and culture. I felt ignorant to not know there was something so different like this. I learned a lot through this experience because Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket is definitely a highly-respected establishment through my eyes.
Just like any other supermarket each aisle is compact with various goods, but it was specifically towards one culture and almost anything you’d need for any asian recipe. Lee Lee's meat supply was very vast and ranged from chicken feet to baby octopus. There was both a large variety of meats but also just a large quantity of meat in stock. This Oriental Supermarket was very well organized and laid out making it easy to find what I was looking for. Not only does Lee Lee sell foods, meats, jewelry, teas, etc. in relation to the asian culture but they also have incorporated goods from your neighborhood grocery store, creating a wide scale inventory and making shopping suitable for their customers every need.
I would recommend Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket for anyone who enjoys a brilliant asian meal, or would be interested in learning about the asian culture right within your own neighborhood. Lee Lee was a very impressive supermarket, in accommodation to both Oriental or American foods. Lee Lee is just like any other super market in the sense that it is easily possible for the customer to find anything they may need, but Lee L ee contains twice as much culture, twice as much inventory, and twice as much satisfaction.
You know an ethnic market's good when it becomes a destination for an entire community. In the case of Lee Lee, we're talking several communities, including Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Folks from all over drive here. It's no wonder. Where else can you stock up on so many kinds of exotic vegetables and hard-to-find greens, or peruse aisles full of noodles and seaweed? Lee Lee truly caters to homesick (and hungry) Asian immigrants and gourmet home cooks alike, offering just about anything you'll need to make an authentic feast. The seafood here is especially alluring because you can spot the catch of the day while it's still swimming around in the fish tank. And for immediate gratification, there's an aisle of ready-to-eat hot foods, from meats to dumplings. We think Lee Lee is the best, and we know we're not alone: Demand has been so high that Lee Lee just opened a West Valley location in the spring.
This is a great place to find a wide variety of ethnic food. I do want to say..at times, it can smell a bit fishy in here, but if you can get through it, you will leave with some really great, fresh food for a decent price.
We just can't sing Lee Lee's praises highly enough. It's not simply the best Asian market in the Valley; it's one of the Phoenix area's best grocery stores -- bar none. The produce department is bountiful, with towering stacks of jackfruit, Korean daikon, bitter melon, lemongrass, and six different kinds of choy. The bakery offers puffy pineapple cream buns and coconut tarts, while whole roasted ducks hang in a glass case in the back. The store's aisles are each devoted to imports from... More »
You know an ethnic market's good when it becomes a destination for an entire community. In the case of Lee Lee, we're talking several communities, including Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Folks from all over drive here. It's no wonder. Where else can you stock up on so many kinds of exotic vegetables and hard-to-find greens, or peruse aisles full of noodles and seaweed? Lee Lee truly caters to homesick (and hungry) Asian immigrants and gourmet home cooks alike, offering just... More »
After a trip to Lee Lee, your neighborhood grocery store will be a bore. At most supermarkets, the "Asian" ingredients get meager shelf space, taking up a fraction of an aisle.That's pretty poor representation for the culinary traditions of an entire continent, dontcha think? Yeah, we do, too. Which is why we head to Lee Lee when we're in the mood to cook something more exotic than a no-brainer stir-fry.Who knew there were so many kinds of tofu, so many varieties of noodles? And better yet,... More »
Whether you're a world traveler, a cook, or just a curious soul, head to this enormous international grocery store for an in-town adventure filled with new sights and smells. Anchoring the northeast corner of the Valley's most bustling intersection of Asian culture (Dobson and Warner roads in Chandler), Lee Lee could almost be mistaken for a Safeway -- from the outside. Inside, it's a different story. Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisines loom large in the incredible array o... More »
Why do we like Lee Lee so much? Well, let's just say there's another ethnic market somewhere in the Valley that we've visited and sometimes found dead fish floating in the fish tank. We've never seen that at Lee Lee. Rather, each section is well-kept and unusually clean considering the sheer volume of people who shop at Lee Lee on any given day. Moreover, the produce, no matter how exotic, looks fresh, and there's a variety of dry goods from so many different Asian countries, including... More »
As that sage philosopher Butt-head once remarked to his pal Beavis, "Variety is the spice of life, dillweed!" We couldn't agree more. Maybe that's why we think Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket is one of the coolest places on Earth. The 52,000-square-foot bazaar includes delicacies from all over the planet, and you could literally spend a lifetime just checking out all the funky items offered. There are beers from Thailand, China, Singapore and Japan; a selection of ice creams you'll never find... More »
Back in 1990, Meng Truong took a gamble and opened a 2,000-square-foot Asian grocery store. His risk paid off, because today, he is owner of a thriving 52,000-square-foot international bazaar. We've tried to take inventory of all the exotica carried here, and it's impossible, sort of "It's a Small World" of foods and accessories. Besides, we find it difficult to pry ourselves away from the seafood, which is an absolutely incredible display of live and fresh frozen varieties -- some we've... More »
We recently needed a water dish for our goats. It had to be plastic, so it wouldn't heat in hot weather. It had to be big, so the goats couldn't tip it over. It had to be cheap, because it's for, well, goats. We found the perfect thing at Lee Lee, in the form of a $4 wading pool, bright blue and merrily decorated with pictures of shrines and cherry blossoms.Really, if there's something we want, and we can't find it at Lee Lee, we can't possibly actually need it. There are acres of fresh... More »
Toss in a few rickshaws streaking through the aisles, and visiting Lee Lee would be as authentic an experience as any of Asia's bustling open-air markets. Weekends are a zoo here, as happy cookers claw over piles of fresh produce, exotic meats, seafood, herbs and spices. What an incredible selection: bitter melon, long beans and Asian pear, plus an endless array of bok choy, eggplants, tofus and noodles.Some things are acquired tastes, like the three-color dessert fashioned from cassava,... More »
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