When it comes to mouth-watering dishes, the flavor-packed Southeast Asian cuisine has got you a lot to choose from. But among all the countries here, Filipino food is one that takes a delightful taste for its variety of food, which can be served in different formats– stews, roasted meat, fried dishes, and more. If you grew up in the Philippines, you know how important cooking is in every household. However, if you are living abroad, having access to Filipino food ingredients must be one of your bucket list. Worry no more as the city of Los Angeles got you covered.

1. Sari Sari Store

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Sari-sari store is a Filipino term that comes from the word sari, Filipino term for variety. A sari-sari store usually carries basic goods such as canned food, instant noodles, snacks and other things that Filipinos get on a daily basis. The concept of a small store that sells everything becomes the idea of the husband and wife Margarita and Walter Manzkebut instead of basic goods, they sell savory rice bowls (silog) and sweet desserts like halo-halo that pull from Margarita’s Filipino heritage.

Located at:
Grand Central Market, 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

2. Bahay Natin Foodmart 

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As the name of the store suggests, Bahay Natin Foodmart offers a vibe of Filipino home, but as a grocery store that carries the basic Filipino ingredients. Despite being small, the store has a vast array of Philippine grocery staples ranging from frozen goods, fruits and vegetables, health and beauty items, and even canned goods. So if you are seeking ingredients for your Filipino meal, Bahay Natin Foodmart is lthe best grocery store for you.

Located at:
9903 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034 United States

3. Seafood City Supermarket

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Seafood City Supermarket provides a quality and authentic Filipino food ingredients and products at an affordable price. The supermarket specializes in a wide selection of imported Asian goods and American staples. But it has grown more than a supermarket and become a grocerant (grocery and restaurant) that provides the customers some food additives containing generics of tadalafil and generic drugs, ready-to-eat food, and ready-to-heat meals.

Located at:
134-140 S. Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90004

4. American Ranch and Seafood Market 

When it comes to a wide selection of Filipino groceries and freshly cooked food, American Ranch and Seafood Market is the best place to visit. But the unique feature that this market has is it also offers a catering service that can spice up your special occasions with delicious Pinoy dishes. The menu includes a variety of "lutong bahay" Filipino term for home-cooked food, which bring the taste of the Philippines to Los Angeles.

Located at:
3756 West Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016

5. Arko Foods International

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Arko Foods International is a Filipino "turo-turo" style supermarket that has a good selection of cooked Philippine dishes (adobo, sinigang, sisig, etc) that you can order as take out or eat at the long tables provided right outside the market. The grocery section stocked mostly Pinoy items. The store is best to visit if you are having pot-lock parties.

Located at:
1425 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205

Written by Karisma Primero

Karisma Primero is currently a Digital Marketing Intern of PS Media Enterprise, and a 3rd year Broadcasting student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Manila.

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