7 Reviews

First Review by sbm02002

Good for when you need to stock up - Edit

This is a huge Asian supermarket. Yes, it reeks of fish, but when you get past that, it's also a treasure trove. I find pea shoots, various greens that I may or may not have tried before (I'm trying gai choy this time, should be good, and if you've never tried yu choy stir fried with lemon grass tofu then you're missing out), jackfruit, coconut milk, huge bags of whatever variety of rice I want for a fraction of what regular supermarkets want to charge, fresh tofu from local kitchens, all the fresh AND dried noodles I could possibly want, fresh herbs, dry spices, all kinds of sauces (check the labels, there are lots of vegan curry pastes), mushrooms, and I haven't even gotten to the section with the frozen and freeze dried vegan mock meats. I've found mock crab, shrimp, duck, several flavors of chicken, beef, pork, ham, and more in various permutations, and they're all vegan. A lot of the kinds I've tried are pretty good, too.

Tip: Go on a weeknight, not a weekend. It will be less crowded and the shelves will be better stocked. I make a trip here once a month and it's worth the trek.

Pros: Selection, Great prices, Lots of new things to try

Cons: Smells like fish, Often disheveled

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good for a few raw/vegan essentials - Edit

I go to fubon to get the cheapest young thai coconuts in town (usually between $1.29-$1.79)
also frozen Durian
baby bananas (not organic, but a fun treat)
unusual fruits like rombutons and lychees, and sometimes they have huge cheap papayas
and before the Fukashima craziness I would buy seaweed from there too.
sometimes they also have good deals on big bags of cashews in the restaurant supply aisle,
oh and they have organic Maitake mushrooms too!
thats about all I get there but it is worth the trip every now and then even.

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Not worth the aggravation - Edit

October 2, 2010.
Item scanned for 50 cents more than marked.
When I informed the cashier, he said "Oh, it's mislabeled" on the shelf. The actual price is the higher price.
THIS IS FRAUD.
When I asked to speak to the manager, another cashier pointed me to "Customer Service," where there was nobody present.
I was unable to find the manager after walking around the isles twice.
When I asked the 2nd cashier again, she pointed to a young woman in one of the checkout lines, whom I recognized as the very UNHELPFUL "manager" from a previous interaction when my wife tried to return a defective product. Knowing that I would not get any helpful response from her, I left.
For a store whose prices are just OK, not great, their distain for their customers is obvious and aggravating.
The amount is miniscule, but the principle is not.
Find another store if you can; I intend to do so.

Cons: Poor customer service, untrustworthy pricing info

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cheap hard to find things - Edit

super cheap to stock up on vegan essentials that are hard to find elsewhere, or just really pricey elsewhere. vegan mochi cookies, rice paper, coconut nut milk,ramen bowl soup thingys, miso paste etc.. all that is great. dealing with the terrible fish smell, the tanks of live creatures, the jars of crab extract, all of which is not fun. so its a toss up, pay more somewhere else, or look/smell things your're morally opposed too. I go once in awhile, because I love those damn cookies.....

Pros: cheap, great selection, mochi cookies!

Cons: live fish, fishy smell, not vegetarian

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Smells like dead fish - Edit

Really, it reeks of dead fish. They have an amazing selection of hard to find veggies and a huge selection of Asian food and mock meats (most are not vegan though), but it's hard for me to physically be in the store. I go once or twice a year and rush through holding my breath.

Pros: cheap, hard to find veggies

Cons: smells like dead fish

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Beware if you care about animals! - Edit

This grocery store sells live seafood so I refuse to shop there. You may wish to do the same. Both Food Fight Vegan Grocery and Vegetarian House (just off Burnside in Chinatown) have large selections of mock meats and they are totally vegan businesses.

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good for specific ingredients - Edit

fubonn is a little out of the way if you live close in, but it's definitely worth a trip every so often to stock up on some really cheap essential ingredients. if you buy foods like tofu, coconut milk, agar, miso, curry paste, anything relegated to the asian section of a natural foods store, you will find it at fubonn for MUCH, MUCH cheaper. a can of coconut milk for 85 cents is hard to beat!

Pros: cheap, huge variety of foods

Cons: very fishy-smelling

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