I seldom scrutinize the expiration date before. But in this grocery store, you'd better be careful. I have bought some preserved vegetable (packed in bag) that smell stinky. I opened it the day I bought it and I have to dump it to garbage. I am a native Chinese. I know the difference between a normal smell and a bad smell.
Another trick is to cover the expiration date with fvcking nutrition labels. I found some hot pot dipping sauce which has been over A YEAR after the expiration date. They are still sell them. The beauty is that the expiration date was covered by a big nutrition label.
I still shop there but with 1000% carefulness.
This place is horrible! The prices are high and the employees are rude. To top it off the owner is a terrible person. My friend's father was fired for taking a couple of days off becuase he was sick. I don't know what kind if business they run over there. That is absolutely wrong!!! I will never shop there ever again and I urge you not to also.
I highly recommend Richwell Market as a place to buy chinese groceries. They have a good frozen section for dumplings and seafood. Additionally they have a butcher for carving meats used for hot pot. Go during the morning to get the fresh vegetables as they are usually out during the evening. Parking can be a pain in the mornings with the trucks double parking and loading in the lot. Also they have an attached bakery for you to grab a morning breakfast bun and tea.
PROS: Price is good
CONS: stupid people double parking blocking your car
The Richwell St. market is the largest chinese grocery store in the Chinatown area. It is clean and well lit, which sets it apart from many other grocers in the area. The best thing about this market is its ample parking lot, making it a breeze to run in and get some groceries, especially if you are visiting the area from out of town.
My wife likes their bakery selection, and we consistently find the prices to be fair. If there is any knock against this shop, it is that they don't always carry more specialized products found in specialty shops- it tends to stick with a broad range of basic products.
PROS: large, clean, great parking
CONS: outside of chinatown proper