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ASIAN SPECIALTY FOOD SUPERMARKET IN BALLARAT

SS Traders, an Asian grocery store, opened for business at the start of 2015. I had noticed the doorway located in the lane next to Curry Star Restaurant in Dana Street, and assumed it was a small shop offering a few specialty ingredients, boy was I in for a surprise.

Inside the doorway in the laneway is a large specialty supermarket with aisles of assorted Asian grocery items, thousands of food products, many I have not seen before. SS traders is open seven days a week. They have a extensive range of specialty groceries you will not find in regular supermarkets or anywhere else in Ballarat.

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Open seven days a week 11am - 9pm, SS Traders are supplying fresh produce and grocery items to specialty restaurants around the region. If you are looking for a wide range of rice, flours, exotic spices or pretty much any ingredient required for Indian cuisine, you will find it at SS Traders. Every Thursday SS Traders offers fresh vegetables and produce directly from Melbourne markets including; fresh ginger, chilli, baby eggplants, gourds, drumstick, coriander and plantains. Also depending on availability they bring fresh fish from the markets, perfect for a fish curry. You can also phone ahead to order fresh goat meat, another curry specialty ingredient.

For orders or enquiries contact Venkatesh on 03 5331 1414.

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The staff at SS Traders are very helpful and happy to share ideas on how you can incorporate many of the unusual ingredients and fresh produce into your home cooking. After visiting last week I walked away with drumstick (a long green vegetable I incorporated into a vindaloo), along with some fresh chillies, coriander and the best papadums I have ever cooked. 

Many customers of SS Traders are chefs in the region. SS Traders are offering a range of products many businesses previously had to go to Melbourne to source and now food enthusiasts interested in experimenting in the kitchen can also obtain specialty ingredients. I highly recommend you visit on a Thursday to sample some of the fresh produce available on the day, such healthy and interesting food intiatives happening in our town deserve our support. 

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Recent Comments
Jodie Kaine
Hi Katherine, I do not think SS Traders stock much in the way of Japanese spices, but I am confident you might find what you're af... Read More
Thursday, 25 February 2016 21:09
Jodie Kaine
Hi Emma, They definitely stock a wide range of Indian branded candy. I am not sure they stock Japanese candy though. Thanks for st... Read More
Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:35
Jodie Kaine
Thanks Belinda. We had been meaning to pop in there for a while now and were so impressed that fantastic places like this are happ... Read More
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 08:38
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Photograph by Jayne Newgreen 

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Name: Ryan Pearce

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WEB: www.http://federation.edu.au/faculties-and-schools/industry-skills-centre/food/prospects-restaurant

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CURRENTLY COOKING AT Meigas Spanish Restaurant, 33 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Open Tue-Wed 5pm-9pm, Thu-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-3pm

TELEPHONE (03) 5331 9444

EMAIL

WEB www.facebook.com/cafemeigas

INSTAGRAM CAFEMEIGAS

TWITTER https://twitter.com/cafemeigas

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