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Asian Specialty Market Opens on Route 9

Formosa Asian Market opened Saturday in Framingham.

Formosa Asian Market opened Saturday at 271 Worcester Rd.

It is located in the plaza with Schezuan Gourmet and Play It Again Sports. The owner says this is the only Asian specialty market in MetroWest.

Formosa Asian Market features fresh fruits, vegetables, Asian spices & specialties items. The market is owned and operated by Chia-Hsin (Eda) Chen, who recently received her MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Her mission is to re-introduce Asian culture to people in area through food, diet and entertaining.

Stop by and tell them you heard about it from Framingham Patch!

And thanks to Framingham Patch reader Marlene Aron for the photos!

Rita January 07, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I've shopped at the market in downtown Framingham. It is mostly a Korean market. The heard the new one on Route 9 is a different type of Asian, so perhaps that is why they consider themselves different and the only one. For us westerners, it is like comparing Japanese and Chinese cuisine - yes they are both Asian both very different.
Melinda Moses January 07, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Yup, the "only specialty market" label is incorrect as here are a number of Asian markets in the area including Indian markets (Rt. 9 Eastbound southboro/framingham line) and the Asian one in downtown Framingham (which is full of all sorts of things Asian including fish and I think meat). All are worthy of a visit, none are difficult to get to or park at, and if you like that sort of food you should check them ALL out! All are worthy of our support. I stopped in to check out Formosa this morning and Eda (pronounced "Ada"), the owner, is very nice and eager to help. Although not fully stocked yet, it's an easy stop as it's right on Rt. 9 and she's got plenty of super fresh produce and other Asian staples on her shelves.
nan ng January 07, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I agree with Rita. The market downtown carries alot of Korean products; perhaps the one on Route 9 carries a different type of Asian products, so it may be the only one. Either way we should all support local businesses.
SharonG January 07, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I don't understand the comments about traffic and parking downtown. Asinayo is north of the train tracks and north of the rotary by the Memorial bldg. If crossing the train tracks to get to Rte. 9 isn't an issue for you, crossing the tracks to get to Asinayo, north of the rotary, won't be an issue either. The only people who need to drive across the tracks to get to Asinayo live south of the rotary, and they'd have the same problem getting to Rte. 9. I've never had a problem parking when going to Asinayo, Panza or the shoe repair place. I sometimes park a block or two north so as to be sure not to get stuck in traffic waiting to go around the rotary. I don't consider a 5 or 6 minute walk to be a problem. You'll probably do at least that much trying to park on a busy day at Shoppers World. Then again, I like walking.
June Chen January 11, 2013 at 01:00 AM
The owner of Formosa Marketplace would like to thank the Framingham Patch Staff for introducing her store to the readers. However, she would also like to clarify that she has never claimed her store as the only Asian specialty food business in MetroWest. She thanks the comments above for correcting the mistake.

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