The Internet is a great way for exploring cities. You can run a search of what you are interested in and the name of the city and usually come up with something. A GPS device takes it to the next level especially if you are a believer in Garmin brands which have millions of way points already stored in the device so you can search for them on the fly so to speak. However, neither of those devices will help you find something truly unique that only the locals know about.
Being married to someone of the Asian persuasion, we need to stock up on supplies that you just can't find in any supermarket here in the Midwest. Over the years, we have found little stores here and there across the state of Iowa and they do well but even they lack the variety that can usually only be found in a mega-city. So when my wife stumbled upon the Double Dragon in the urban jungle, she was in heaven. Only, she couldn't remember where it was when I came along.
So we drove through the neighborhood for a time and had given up when we decided to see what places around here were available to eat at. I searched through the Garmin way points, chose a likely place and away we went... on a route that took us right by the Double Dragon. We were too hungry to stop so I just touched the screen to set a custom way point and we now, for the life of our GPS anyway, have instant directions to the Double Dragon whenever we want.
By Asian store standards, the Double Dragon is huge. It is about twice the size of the largest Asian food store that I have had the pleasure of setting foot in. In one half, it is well stocked with all kinds of frozen and fresh sea foods and meats and in the other half, full of dry goods and vegetables. Throughout the stores narrow isles, hordes of small Asians rummage around for this and that and one tall gringo tries to keep tabs on his wife who is quickly slipping through the crowd with eyes just like a kid in a candy store.
Although you couldn't buy a steak or even hamburger, you could buy among other things in the meat section:
Pork Bungs and Chicken Feet
My wife can turn the fish heads into a delicious soup along with the chicken feet though I have only had the latter during one of my trips in the Philippines. I've eaten duck and it is quite tasty. However, I pass when given the opportunity to consume pork bungs, ears, spleens, livers, stomachs and other parts of the pig that aren't in chop or steak form. I always figure that I'm just doing my part in the world by eating those other parts of a pig that no self respecting Asian would consume.
Public Service Notice: No pigs, ducks or chickens were harmed in the making of this blog post. They were like that already when I found them.