Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Phil-Am Food Market
683 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
This moderate sized supermarket specializes in food products mainly from the Philippines with some from China and Japan. The staff is cordial and speak English so you won't feel like you are in foreign land. It's located across the Five Corners Library and not too far from the Journal Square PATH train station.
When you first walk in, you'll find the bags of chips and snacks in addition to the cash register (the beauty products are all behind the register). Check out the freshly made sumans (cassava or sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves and steamed) on the center table up front! There is also an assortment of Filipino breads in the cases and other desserts in the freezers up front.
Further in, you'll see aisles of canned foods, juices, bottles of oils, vinegars, sauces, and dried items from fish to taro leaves. Speaking of fish, there is a frozen/fresh seafood and meat department on the back far right as well as a cooked foods section.
I've found the prices pretty reasonable all around and since the area has a large Filipino community, there are other stores and bakeries to compete with.