Berlin has a nice choice of Asian food stores, with some being better, some being worse. This one deep in the west of Kantstraße is outstanding, though. You even get the bubbles for your home-made bubble tea.
Besides all the staples of an Asian food store, like a variety of soy sauces, and a humongous shelf filled with endless instant noodle packages, they feature the biggest variety of Kimchi and fresh Asian vegetables and herbs I’ve seen in Berlin so far. As well as a very good selection of everyday ceramics, a nice choice of rice from every Asian country and loads and loads of mochi flavors.
The interior is not remarkably different from any other Asian food store, while the size of the store is certainly bigger than most. Which makes it possible to have rows and rows of freezers filled with Asian delicacies going way further than just Edamame or dumplings, offering something as common as Edamame as well as dozens of unknowns for the adventurous.
One can spend a long time here, even if you’re life currently doesn’t leave time or space to cook at home, it serves as a perfect inspiration. And then there’s the Kimchi. I’ve been a fan ever since I encountered this wonderful spicy pickled cabbage and GoAsia* has the best selection. Because Kimchi can basically be chili pickled everything, radish or even water spinach.
What makes it different from many other Asian stores it’s that it’s not as Thai centered but offering loads of Chinese goods like a big selection of noodles and dried goods, as well as Indonesian and Indian spices. Don’t miss out, when you’re around Kantstraße.
* The store is also known as Amazing Oriental, quite offensive but the name of the mother chain in the Netherlands.