** June 2012 update ** Hong Son is closing its doors and the owners are moving to Florida to be near family. There are great Oriental markets in Springdale, Fayetteville, and Rogers that alos have great deals on shallots. Shew. We will miss you, Hong Son. ~Lyndi **
Posted by Lyndi
I don’t remember when I first discovered shallots. Most likely it was a recipe ingredient where I did not venture much further due to shallot package limitations. You know the package limitations I am talking about: where three shallots cost around three dollars. Hence, now you know why I did not venture much further out. A skillet of breakfast potatoes could quickly add up. Ouch!
I do remember when I first discovered that I could have my way with shallots. In any dish that tickled my fancy without having to worry one little bit about the cost. Why?
I discovered Hong Son Oriental Food Market. Hong Son is located in historic downtown Rogers on the corner of W Cypress and 7th Street (next to the Boys & Girls Club).
At Hong Son it only costs about $1.19 for 9 shallots ($1.99 lb). At the grocery store it would cost me about $9 for the same amount.
So I slice, dice, chop, and stew shallots now to my little hearts content. The nutty-depth of flavor delivered by a shallot is unequalled, in my opinion. They also do a better job of breaking down than a regular white or yellow onion.
I hope that you are able to explore Hong Son (or your local oriental market) to grab this great deal on shallots.
What is your favorite way to use shallots?