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Maligaya’s on North Prospect is a small grocery worth checking out

It’s always a good day to shop at a small grocer. I checked out Maligaya’s Oriental Market, a Filipino grocery, at their new location on North Prospect where the store moved to this past March. 

Where is it? Maligaya’s is located off North Prospect on Anthony Drive near Rural King, and there was plenty of free parking available in front of the store. When I visited, there was one other shopper which is quite the difference from our big box grocery stores. I really enjoyed my visit — and I took my time to see what all was sold here.

Inside the sun-soaked store, there is a front aisle of personal hygiene and cleaning items plus bottles of drinks. At the end of the aisle, there is a cooler with drinks and a blue sign that reads Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

The first aisle in the store has personal hygiene items, herbal soaps, cleaning supplies, kitchenwares like pots and containers, and drinks.

On a shelf, several cans of mango and pineapple juice are labels-forward on a shelf. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There were cans of juice, bubble tea, coconut juice, and glass jelly drinks. My son is obsessed with pineapple juice, so I had to grab one of these.

On a white, metal slotted shelf inside a freezer, there are huge bags of noodles. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

On the far right, there was a wall of coolers which held a variety of cold drinks and fresh produce plus freezers full of frozen food. There, I found noodles, tofu, Hopia kundol (Filipino pastry), kimchee, balut, ensaymada, dumplings, Eden cheese, pork in a variety of cuts, cocktail hot dogs, and more.

On a shelf several jars of a dark purple jam are forward facing. The little sign below reads Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Why am I just now learning about yam jam for the first time? And from a brand called Tasty Joy? This store has everything I didn’t know I needed.

This photo shows the entire snack aisle at Maligaya's store. On the left, there are breads and other sweets, and on the right, there are colorful bags of savory snacks. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There was a snack aisle as well which was full of breads, chips, cookies, and other snack options. I saw chips with spicy prawn flavor, cracklings, potato chips, egg cracklets, puffed sweet corn, and a variety of nuts. 

On the shelves, there are several chocolate sweet options. On the bottom shelf, there are three child-like containers with hard hats, and inside the transparent body, there are fruity candies. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

I spent some time looking at the different sweets on the shelves at Maligaya’s. There were chocolate filled crackers, chocolate covered marshmallows, fruity sweets, and matcha treats.

On a shelf inside Maligaya's, there are several stacks of colorful noodle packs. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There was an aisle of colorful noodle packs: chow mein, angel hair, Canton noodles, and more.

A wide shot shows the entire aisle at the back of the store which has jars, cans, and bags of Filipino foods. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

In the very back, by the small selection of fresh produce, there was a final aisle of sauces, flours, and baking items. Bottles of sugar palm fruit, banana sauce, Ginataang Tulingan (a Filipino curry dish made with tuna), sesame oil, ube (a purple yam originally from the Philippines) extract, sardines, dried herring, smoked shrimp, and more fill the shelves. If you want a sauce to spice up your cooking, you can find Filipino style spaghetti sauce, jerk marinade, Menudo sauce, Galdereta sauce, and Afritada sauce. Plus Maligaya’s also sells dried banana blossoms, dried mushrooms, fufu mix, flours, dried spices, lye water, and huge bags of semolina flour.

So what did I buy?

The author's purchase sits at the check out: a plastic bag of Shanghai choy, a can of pineapple juice, a jar of sauce, a cup of chocolate treats, a bag of spicy nuts, and a jar with green lid full of fried onions. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

I bought a pack of Shanghai choy (which the cashier said tasted a lot like bok choy), pineapple juice, Yan Yan chocolate (little crackers with a chocolate creme dipping sauce), Ding Dong hot and spicy mixed nuts, a jar of fried onions, and a bottle of pad Thai sauce.

I got all of this for only $12, and it made me question why I’m haphazardly grabbing stuff off the shelves from Meijer to spice up my cooking when I could be here, in this little grocer, trying out some of these cool items.

Maligaya’s Oriental Store
1006 W Anthony Dr
M-Sa 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Top image by Alyssa Buckley.

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