Asia Mall brings wide variety of cultures and foods in one place

Asia Mall brings wide variety of cultures and foods in one place

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On a Friday morning in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the new Asia Mall has just opened for the day and is already busy with people ready to grab some food and do their grocery shopping.

Located in a former Gander Mountain sporting goods store just off Interstate 494, organizers say Asia Mall is the first of its kind in Minnesota. The mall has been in its soft opening phase for only about a month now, but it’s become a popular spot for many members of Minnesota’s Asian communities.

MinJoong, 7, sips on strawberry bubble tea while grocery shopping on Friday, December 9, at Asia Mall in Eden Prairie. Credit: Ben Hovland | MPR News

Ramla Tiewala of Edina came out to the mall with her friends that morning to eat at Pho Mai, grab some donuts, and explore the mall. Tiewala is Indian and says she usually has to drive to Brooklyn Center to find South Asian grocery stores and restaurants. Since Asia Mall has opened she says finding her favorite Asian foods has become more accessible to her and is excited to keep coming back.