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Randolph market caters to diverse population

Lily Do, the manager of Saigon Market in Randolph.

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Lily Do, the manager of Saigon Market in Randolph.

The exterior of Saigon Market.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

The exterior of Saigon Market.

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The distinct scent of star anise greets you at Saigon Market in Randolph. The Do family owns this shop, along with Pho So 1 Boston nearby. Daughter Lily Do says, “Randolph has a diverse population from Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Central America.” To that end, you can find the baguettes to make banh mi near a pegboard of hot pepper powders and dry spices. Whole scup, tilapia, and Spanish mackerel lay on a blanket of ice on a tank of feisty rock crab ($2.99 for
1 pound). Rice noodles for Vietnamese soups dominate several shelves, along with spice sachets for stock, disks of rice paper for wrapping spring rolls, half a dozen fish sauce brands, and hot sauces favored by the Caribbean clientele. The meat department offers beef necks, oxtails, tendon, flank steak, fresh goat, and pig’s ears and tails. A culinary adventure. Saigon Market, 1112 N. Main St., Randolph, 781-963-1035.

DEBRA SAMUELS

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