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Asian Grocery Tour & Tasting

Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(23 customer reviews)


Do you love Asian food, but wish you knew more about the ingredients that go into making it? Or are you curious about the Asian markets, but find all the unfamiliar products overwhelming? Let us be your guides! We are working with Asia Food Co. on a market tour and tasting to introduce you to all the great things that they have to offer and how to use them. Not only do we tell you about it, but you will get to try many of the fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods. You’ll also get to taste and learn about many of the main ingredients that are most often used for cooking.


If you are interested in a private grocery tour for you and your friends (minimum of 10), please email us at [email protected] to work out scheduling and pricing.


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23 reviews for Asian Grocery Tour & Tasting

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I lived in Singapore for four years and recently moved back to CLE after 20 years. This was a killer tour. Andy made us feel totally at home and the Asian memories came flooding back. This is a must do for CLE’rs that want to learn about Asian culture and “a to die for” for Asian foodies. Do yourself a favor!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill (verified owner)

    I highly recommend Ice or Rice’s Asian grocery tour. We had a blast really getting to know the market and all of its products, enjoyed lots of tasty tempura, snacks and fruits, and learned a ton. Thanks for the great hospitality, Andy and Jessie!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Domanski

    I could not be more pleased with our experience. I attended with my adult daughter and we had a great time. Andy and Jessie are very gracious hosts, patient listeners and talented chefs.
    The education on soy sauce alone was worth the price of admission! Highly recommended!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    George (verified owner)

    Do this tour it’s so fun and really informative. If you’ve ever been to one of Cleveland’s Asian markets, I’m sure you were faced with the rows of soy sauces, or chili pastes, or produce (all marked “vegetable”) and wondered where to start. Well, where to start is Ice-or-Rice’s “Asian Grocery Tour and Tasting”. Andy Ng shows you the possibilities, explains the differences between the condiments, suggests where to use certain ingredients, and recommends the best brands while wandering the aisles of the Market. After the tour we walked across the street to Andy’s yard where under a canopy we had a wonderful tasting of various condiments, lesser known fruits and fantastic tempura prepared by his wife. And yes, Durian was on the menu. With this knowledge, our next trip to the market will be seriously fun. Do this tour!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate (verified owner)

    Wonderful time! I learned so much. Thanks!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katie O’Brien (verified owner)

    I had so much fun and learned an amazing amount about Asian produce, spices, meats, and condiments. I have, apparently, never tasted good soy sauce nor did I know that different varieties of soy sauce existed. It was such an education led by someone who is friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and concise in answering questions!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kat B.

    This was a wonderful tour and tasting. My husband and I have been to this grocery store many times, but with guide & host Andy, we learned so much. After the tour, Andy and his wife Jessie hosted us in their back yard for a food sampling. We tasted several types of vegetable tempura (lotus root, anyone?), many Asian sauces, different types of hot tea, and best of all, exotic fruits. I can now check “try durian” off my bucket list! This is a must-do tour for any foodie or anyone interested in Asian food and culture.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ruth Pecha

    It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with my adult son. The hosts were fantastic and the tour was very informative. Such a great adventure. So many things I want to try! Thanks for your hospitality Jessie and Andy!

  9. Rated 3 out of 5

    Bill (verified owner)

    The tour was alright. I felt we spent way too much time in the live animal section and 18 people are too many for the small space. It would be more meaningful with 6 – 8 people tops.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill G. (verified owner)

    My husband and I had such a great time on the Asian Grocery Tour and Tasting. We learned so much about Asian food and culture. Andy and Jessie were amazing and patient guides throughout the tour. We bought several delicious items that we would have never even known about before this tour. Thanks for a truly interesting experience.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nancy Clark (verified owner)

    What an extraordinary tour. I went with three friends and we all enjoyed it. Andy and Jesse were exceptionally knowledgeable about all varieties of fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, sauces and desserts. I visit the Asian markets on a regular basis but always get the same boring “American” food. I am anxious to try using the Asian items that I now finally understand what they are. Thank you to the Ngs’ for making everyone feel at home.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jen Mach

    We had a wonderful time on Sunday! This tour is very informative and definitely helped ease my intimidation with some of the items in the market. Andy is extremely knowledgeable and so willing to share his expertise. I really enjoyed the tasting, and the eggplant tempura was super yummy. And how else would I have had the opportunity to try durian?? Thank you Andy and Jessie for opening your home to us!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Terry Mach (verified owner)

    What a great experience! Andy is so knowledgeable about all the items available, how to prepare them and best use them, and so willing to share that knowledge with everyone. He & Jessie do a great job in making people feel at home & increasing exposure to Asian cuisine. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone with even a remote interest in Asian cuisine. Thanks for taking the time to share your love of Asia and its culture with us!

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Palla (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed the tour and tasting. Andy and Jessica are very knowledgeable and were great teachers. Definitely enjoyed tasting everything and the Durian tastes awesome!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrea P. (verified owner)

    We participated in this tour this afternoon and were so incredibly pleased with our experience! We frequent Asian groceries but tend to stick to the products we know , so we loved having someone knowledgeable lead us around the store and point out new things to try! Then, Andy and Jessie opened their home to us and offered an amazing selection of tempura, sauces, snacks, and fruits! It was wonderful! I never realized there was such a difference amongst soy sauce options! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in authentic Asian food! Thanks so much, Andy and Jessie!!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Lasse (verified owner)

    I highly recommend this tour. We enjoyed both the tour of the grocery store and tasting the sauces, fruits, vegetables and snacks at Jessie and Andy’s home. With such a huge variety of sauces at the store, it was hard to know what to buy, but now we have an idea of what to look for and how to use the different sauces. We learned about many new foods and how to prepare dishes we’ve only had restaurants. One of the highlights for me was tasting durian! Creamy and sweet, not what I’d expected from seeing it on TV! After the tour, we went back to the grocery store and bought many new and different items to use at home. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dawn (verified owner)

    Great tour ! I returned from Thailand curious where I could find some ingredients and fruits at a reasonable cost. Andy was very helpful in navigating the treasures inside the store. Andy and Jessie shared their love for food and culture with a small group of strangers as if we were old friends. Thank you !
    P.s. Jessie should put the cheesecake recipe online!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Allsion (verified owner)

    The tour was amazing! I had such a good time hanging out with other Asian food fans and I learned so much from the store tour and snack tasting. I’m so inspired to try new recipes and see what I can cook. Thank you!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    John (verified owner)

    My wife and I really enjoyed the tour and the tasting afterwards. The experience ranges beyond the Asian food experience for us as we were introduced to a new, multi-variety (many not-so-common) and highly competitive, source of fresh and frozen vegetables. meat and fish that will complement even a “non-Asian-influenced” kitchen. The run-through on the tinned, bottled and packaged goods was useful, giving ideas on things to stock.
    The tasting included several tempura items, packaged snacks, and fresh fruit. The packaged items we would likely never have tried without this opportunity – there were at least a couple we intend to look for now. My wife had never tried either jackfruit or durian before – and really enjoyed both. The 5 or 6 varieties of fruit rounded out a very pleasant experience at Andy and Jessie’s home. Their enthusiasm for promoting Asian food is highly evident.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael (verified owner)

    This tour and tasting was both enjoyable and tasty. Anyone who likes Asian food would find this tour beneficial. Andy was a well informed, patient, and accommodating guide as was Jessie. It was a great tour and I highly recommend it. Don’t miss this one.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    I absolutely loved it. The tour was very fun and the food was great. Great experience would do it again!!!!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joseph Compton (verified owner)

    What a great thing to do in Cleveland. I learned a ton about Asian ingredients, and had a marvelous time at the tasting. Definitely worth while!!!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    What an adventure it was today!!. I had read about your tours but figured I already knew what to buy at Cleveland’s Asian markets after being a frequent shopper for the past 20 yrs. Boy, was I wrong. Andy educated us on the different produce, meats, baked goods, rice, and snacks at Asia Food Company. Then he invited us to his home where he and his wife, Jessie treated us to tasting the vegetables, fruits, snacks, different Asian sauces and the infamous Durian fruit. I was one of those individuals who was hesitant to buy the stinky fruit with it’s controversial reputation. Now we will be buying it for our teenagers to try. They already have enjoyed all the snacks that we purchased!! Thank you for a wonderful cultural and culinary experience, Andy and Jessie!!

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