Hours: 9am – 8pm including Weekend
OMG! I didn't know about this entire plaza dedicated to authentic Asian cuisine and groceries. You can eat, grocery shop, and purchase authentic BBQ and bakery. Let's now focus on this amazing little shop.
Mei Hua is VERY clean and has a great selection of everything. My only knock is that the labeling of items is difficult for the Mandarin challenged like myself. It could be labeled one thing but be another so look for pretty pictures as your clue.
Was I the only person in the store that didn't speak Mandarin? Yes....yes I was the only person. However, everyone in the store was so delighted that I was trying to cook authentic Chinese food they went out of their way to help me out.
A younger lady was bilingual and she finally just said "show me the shopping list and I will help you out". Finding dried lily buds was a challenge but they sure had them and that young lady helped me get them. Kudos to helping my challenged Caucasian soul!
Everyone was SO welcoming and tried their best to help me out. When I checked out the cashier handed me a card for their other location that is closer to me so I will definitely be checking that place out.
Did I mention that if you are a low carb person you can find inexpensive shiratake noodles there?
This is the only Chinese market in all of Wisconsin I will go to. They are clean and the prices are not that bad. Most of your hard to find cooking sauces and spices can be found here. Also they have a fresh lobster and Dungeness crab here!! I will be making my usual stop by in a week or so. Also there is a bakery a few stores down that has some really good roast pork and roast duck.....not to mention the baked bbq buns!!, Everything is made in house too!!! I'm getting hungry now!!!!
This place has all you need for your Chinese/Korean/Japanese culinary desires! For a small little family owned grocery store, they have everything from dried goods, frozen food, an assortment of vegetables, different cuts of meat, and even live seafood. I can't say I have had the courage to buy any meat here, as I have found a few things on the shelf that have already been expired. It makes me a bit weary to purchase meat if they can't keep their stock within expiration date. I will say this is something that is common in small Chinese grocery stores, but it's still never an excuse. The other thing that can be worked on is cleanliness and organization. Sometimes I can't find something because it has been moved to some other odd spot.
Instead of running all the way to Chicago Chinatown and deal with the traffic and parking....this is my go to place. Prices are pretty reasonable...some are even better than chinatown. They have most of your Asian spices here. They even have fresh vegetables and fresh still swimming fish here!! Live crab and lobster!! Great shopping market!!! Will be back to stock my shelves!!
The last couple of times that came here looking for Green Tea Kitkats and G7 Vietnamese Coffee, they've always had these items in stock. The staff is very friendly and will help you find the items that you need. Very clean and organized store. Even though it's further away from my neighborhood, it will be my first choice when looking for an item that I need right away.
I can't believe that I have never reviewed this place. This place is all things Asian and I like that they have things that you will never see if you have not been to an Asian store.
I like to make Asian duck wings from time to time and this is my go to store for fresh duck wings, if you ask like I did on my first visit they will give you the recipe for the marinade for the Asian duck wings.
Me and a buddy at work who I shared some of the hot longanisa skinless sausages they sell have to have them a few times a year, it's a sweet hot pork sausage with Asian flavors that is like nothing else.
If you want some very fresh sea food for a meal, they have a limited selection of live crab, lobster and tilapia swimming in fish tanks that you can buy.
I will be honest, my first visit I was a tourist killing time waiting for my Chinese food from next door but I left with a bag food that I knew nothing about and fell in love with.
You don't have to be Asian to appreciate this place and the people are very nice, they will explain all the food and what you can do with it.
If you want Chinese or pan Asian grocery, this is the place to go in Mke. Chinese owned, with lots of Chinese customers visiting constantly. Also helps to deal with visa to China, sending express packages to China, etc. It brings a lot of convenience.
Advice for owners: keep a tighter eye on the dates of the products - I know its hard to keep track with so many items with a small family size operation, but it is important to the customers and the reputation of the store.
OK - I will concede to the other reviewer that the prices have gotten high, but the owners have always been pleasant to me.
However the other stores in town that the other reviewer states are Chinese owned are not. They are both great stores but they are Vietnamese owned - which is fabulous if you are looking for Vietnamese ingredients. "Ethinic Chinese of Vietnam origin," is not the same as Chinese from China. We lived in China, so I shop for here for specifically for Chinese ingredients that I have not been able to find elsewhere.
This store happens to be close to where I live, so I go there for the convenience in the last five years. It moved to this new location about two years ago. The place has a near monopoly in the Chinese grocery business in the west side of the Milwaukee area. The selection is okay, but I find its prices higher than other places. With that higher price, I expected better services. Wrong expectation! If you go there during busy hours, expect a long line at checkout. If you go their during off-peak hours, expect to play hide-and-seek with the owner/cashier. When it is your turn, don't expect to communicate with the owner/cashier, because she has absolutely no interest. The price tags are so confusing that the lady who works there can't figure out what's what. Also, be careful about the special discounted items they occasionally offer. Many of these have passed their "use before" dates.
By the way, an earlier review says this to be the only Chinese-owned grocery place in town, which isn't true. Chu Hai in the north side of the town is owned by a Chinese family, and Pacific Produce is owned by ethnic Chinese of Vietnam origin.