Zion Market is the latest entry into the busy Asian food market on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth, right next to Micro Center. It is a mid-sized market specializing in Korean groceries. It has a large produce section where I saw some pretty good deals. The seafood section was large with items ranging from octopus to fresh abalone; many of the items were on trays and wrapped in plastic. A stand with a name something like Mom's Treats offered little tiny fish that had been pickled or dried. And of course they featured a large aisle of red pepper sauce.
During our Bengali breakfast session, Milu showed me her spice tray. All the spices here are whole and unground, allowing them to stay fresh for longer. She explained that this type of tray is standard issue in Indian kitchens. But the tray only her first line of defense in her never-ending war against boring food. This is her pantry. You can see the vast array of spices and flavorings that make up the core of her stock. I can't think of a better illustration of the palate of flavors that make up Indian cuisine.