2904 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield / 417-719-4580 / Mon.–Wed. and Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Thu., 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
This store specializes in products across the Asian continent, which means you’ll find all the ingredients for classic dishes like Vietnamese pho, pad thai, Japanese ramen and Korean ribs down these aisles. In addition to myriad dried noodles, sauces and seasonings, the market is home to an impressive selection of fresh produce like lychees, yuca, Asian pears and bean sprouts—a hot commodity among those in the know. During the summer months, choose from a variety of sweet mochi ice cream. If you’re a wok-wielding novice or in the ranks of Iron Chef, the market has everything you need to ditch the take-out menu. Chopsticks not included.
Must-Try Item: Vietnamese bahn cam—deep-fried sesame balls with sweet mung bean filling— are baked fresh Thursday through Sunday. Heed our advice: You’re going to want more than one.
1410 E. Kearney St., Suite G, Springfield / 417-450-8011 / Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
When driving hours from home to find food from your native country gets to be too much, you open your own store. At least that’s what Fola and Jummy Sodade, owners of Jums African Market, found themselves doing almost a year ago. Now, the bright orange walls of the market usher in customers each week looking for those hard-to-find ingredients of traditional African fare. One regional favorite is cassava, also known as tapioca when dried to a powder or garri when fried into a granular form. The market sells both forms of the starchy root and its leaves along with other staples like long-grain rice, beans, dried stockfish, yams and kola—the caffeinated nut from the kola tree used for flavoring beverages. Sound familiar?
Must-Try Item: Feeling adventurous? Take home one of the many flavors of fufu mix for a doughy dumpling that’s perfect for dipping in soups and stews.