Even before I went GF, I loved Asian supermarkets. Asian food is great for gluten-free diets because, with the exception of questionable wheat-filled sauces, many meals are naturally gluten-free. Sure, the amalgamation of unidentified smells may overwhelm as you first walk in, but as you browse the aisles of countless brands of soy sauce and rice noodle, the smell dissipates and you’re free to enjoy the unbeatable prices these places have to offer.
Quail eggs are a good example. I once purchased a dozen quail eggs for the price of a dozen regular organic eggs.
Another example is pork belly. I don’t even know if my regular grocery store sells pork belly (which, if you’re not familiar, is basically thick-cut, extra delicious, not-as-salty bacon), but my local Asian market had it. In large quantities. For not that much money. And because you wouldn’t want to eat very much pork belly at any one time (it goes well on top of a burger, say), a little belly goes a long way.
So naturally, my trip to the Asian supermarket led to an Asian-inspired meal the next day. A simple but filling breakfast-for-dinner: rice seasoned with sesame seed,salt and sugar (a $2 seasoning from the market!), and a pork belly-stuffed egg, with a side of edamame. Delicious and protein-packed, it was a a satisfying little mid-week meal.
So be adventurous. Go check out your local Asian supermarket – every city has at least one.