World Markets: Mideast & Near East

 

Apna Bazaar

1815 NW 169th Place, Beaverton
503-533-0424

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The Find: Fresh Indian produce

A veritable bazaar of markets devoted to Mideast and Near East cuisine is springing up inside the corporate complexes and storefronts along Beaverton’s SW Canyon Road. These shops may have gotten their start catering to the Indian employees of companies like Intel and Global Telecom (which have helped boost Washington County’s Indian population to 1.9 percent), but any Portlander will love rummaging through Apna’s exotic inventories. The bazaar boasts a wealth of spices, lentils, and pickled fruits, plus a selection of fresh produce and herbs that includes Indian eggplant, poi leaves, taro root, ginger, daikon, spindly karela (bitter gourd), cucumber-like tindora , chayote squash, and lychee. —Kaitlyn Evans
Likely to Spot: In Good Taste cooking instructor Leena Ezekiel buying lentils, grains, and flour

Bazaar International Market

10255 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton
503-641-1352, oregonbazaar.com

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The Find: Spices—from Lebanon to Sri Lanka

Bazaar International Market is the source of all manner of imported global goodies. You’ll find Spanish wafer cookies and Bavarian malt beverages here, but the store’s bountiful rows of Middle Eastern ingredients are the real draw—curry powders and pastes, garam masala, anistar, kala jeera (black cumin), cardamom, and dried chiles—and family-size bags of whole omani lemons, rice and dal, jars of pickled eggplant, stuffed grape leaves, foul mudammas , hummus, and tahini. Regular patrons of this Iraqi-owned store head straight to the back corner, where the butcher prepares fresh goat meat, lamb, and chicken shawarma. —KE
Likely to Spot: Middle Eastern and Indian families filling their carts with home-cooked favorites

Beaverton Halal

11527 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton
503-574-2383

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The Find: Fresh, local goat meat

“Halal” is technically food allowed by Islamic law, but it also refers to the prescribed Muslim method of slaughter: one short, deep, artery-cutting incision to the neck. All goat, chicken, turkey, and beef at Beaverton Halal is locally raised and slaughtered accordingly. The store also offers the region’s largest selection of Middle Eastern foodstuffs, with excellent feta, yogurt, dried herbs, nuts, candy, and ingredients like pomegranate molasses, a wonderfully flavored staple of Persian cooking and an inexpensive substitute for balsamic vinegar. —MT
Likely to spot: Ken Rubin, director of the Art Institute’s culinary school, purchasing goat meat to use in regional Caribbean, Mexican, and African dishes

International Food Supply

8005 SE Stark St
503-256-9576
internationalfoodsupply.com

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The Find: Sheep’s milk cheeses

From Hungarian kashkaval to Bulgarian feta, you’ll find dozens of cheeses at this specialty store founded by the Attars, a local Lebanese-American family. (They also own the popular restaurant Ya Hala, located just next door.) Although both International Food Supply and its sister location, Barbur World Foods (9845 SW Barbur Blvd; 503-244-0670), are focused on Lebanese foods, they’re also sure bets for essential pan-Mediterranean ingredients like saffron, rose water, sardines, grape leaves, olives and olive pastes, pomegranate juice, orange blossom water, phyllo dough, olive and grapeseed oils, bulgur, teas, Turkish coffee, dried fruit, nuts, and much more. —MT
Likely to spot: Ned Ludd chef Jason French buying kashkaval, a yellow sheep’s milk cheese