We had stopped at the nearby grocery store but couldn't find any fresh mangosteens. So I texted my friend, DP, who directed us toward several fresh fruit shops on the corner of Bolsa Avenue and Magnolia Street. There have been a few of these fruit shops cropping up lately in Little Saigon and the San Gabriel Valley, specializing in tropical fruit such as rambutans, jackfruit, and mangosteens. Selection and price seemed to be the same at each location.
We wandered into Thai Son Lo Banh Cuon - Westminster (Little Saigon), which now offered fresh fruit along with rice noodle rolls. (Delicious and cheap their sign says in Vietnamese.) They only had mangosteens in 2-lb bags so we then went next door to Ba Tu Trai Cay Ngon, which translates into "Auntie Four's Delicious Fruit." Here, we found a 1-lb bag for $4.99 a pound.
The prices at these tropical fruit shops are comparable with what I've seen at the grocery stores. I guess it's the variety available that lures people out?
I used to buy my tropical fruit from the back of a van that roved between Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa Vietnamese Restaurant - Rosemead and the strip mall where Quang Tran, Inc. - Rosemead is located. But I've heard that they've now opened up a shop in the San Gabriel Valley too...
Other fresh fruit shops:
Chi Ut Trai Cay - Rosemead
Thai Son Lo Banh Cuon - Westminster (Little Saigon)
1 year ago today, Shichimenchou (Japanese Turkey) Ramen.
2 years ago today, Messob Ethiopian Restaurant - Los Angeles (Little Ethiopia).