Las Americas Market: Latin Food in Port Moody


Las Americas Market has been open for about two years on St. John’s Street in Port Moody just west of Ioco Road but I only just noticed it the other week. I have passed that spot numerous times as I make my way around the Tri-Cities but spotted Las Americas this time and decided to stop in. I was glad that I did!

Las Americas Market in Port Moody - Street View

Las Americas Market in Port Moody – Street View

I opened the door to the noise of an energetic crowd and enthusiastic cheering…not for me but coming from the sound system connected to the computer streaming the football match. Owner Victor was alone in the shop as it was close to closing and was enjoying the match from behind the register. I spent a little time in the small shop on my own wandering up and down looking at the various goods on the shelves. In particular I picked out some hot sauces and authentic salsas and set my sights on a green mole sauce – a dish I have come across and was interested in making at home.

Mole Sauce at Las Americas - I've already picked out mine!

Mole Sauce at Las Americas – I’ve already picked out mine!

After a few minutes I approached Victor, introduced myself and asked if they had any of the empanadas I had seen advertised on their Facebook page. Unfortunately they had not arrived yet this week and he was currently sold out but from that small conversation I was ushered throughout the small market as Victor pointed out specialty ingredients from South America and Mexico. Being from Guatemala himself, Victor spoke with authority on his inventory and described not only the products but how to use them and basic dishes that can be prepared from them. Pacing back and forth I was introduced to a few things I had never heard of and others that I have had trouble sourcing locally for my own cooking, such as dried ancho chilis or some of the hominy and different varieties of dried beans.

My Latin cooking repertoire is limited but I am always interested in trying something new in the kitchen. I think Las Americas will serve me well in these experiments. The Tri-Cities is not noted for Latin cuisine but according to Victor there is a presence in the area of people from South America that frequent his shop. He is happy to provide them with the ingredients they need to prepare their favourite dishes at home or to quench their thirst with authentic soft drinks from Mexico, El Salvador and the other Latin countries to the south of us.

Hot sauces all in a row

Hot sauces all in a row

If you’re looking for some authentic Latin ingredients for your cooking you should visit Las Americas Market, say ‘que pasa’ to Victor and cook up something different.

Las Americas Market

3252 St. John’s Street, Port Moody
604.917.0296

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Comments

  1. Do you stock Salsa Verde? Thanks!