Asian market brings taste of east to Midwest

An assortment of exotic snacks, seasonings, sauces and other products from as far as Japan and Korea line the shelves at Oriental Mart, Fulton’s new Asian marketplace. The store’s main fare is its wide selection of ocean fish.

An assortment of exotic snacks, seasonings, sauces and other products from as far as Japan and Korea line the shelves at Oriental Mart, Fulton’s new Asian marketplace. The store’s main fare is its wide selection of ocean fish. Photo by Dean Asher.

Fulton shoppers now have more exotic fish, snacks, seasonings and soups available to put on their grocery lists.

Oriental Mart and Travel Services, a market specializing in Asian items and oceanic fish, has opened in Fulton.

Store manager Sita Wysong said the store, located off South Business 54 next to Fastenal, opened Nov. 8 without much fanfare after their business license was approved.

Wysong said the store’s main feature was its wide variety of frozen exotic fish such as galunggong, hasa-hasa and dalagang buleid — better known as round scad, Indian mackarel and yellow tail fusilier in American dialects. She said many mid-Missourians might not have had to travel 8,000 miles to the Phillipines, but they weren’t available in Callaway until now.

“Our main thing is the variety of ocean fish you’re not going to get anywhere else,” said Wysong. “You can’t find that anywhere except maybe St. Louis or Chicago.”

Wysong and her partners operated markets in Sedalia and Marshall but felt Fulton was also a good place to open a market. The store also features snacks, soups, drinks, seasonings and sauces from Japan, Korea, India and other Asian countries.

If shoppers are feeling adventurous for something more than spicing up their culinary lives, they can also plan a vacation while doing their shopping. Wysong said the market also had deals with local airlines on trips to her home country of the Philippines.

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