Indo-Pak: International flavor packed into one place

Indo-Pak

Indo-Pak has a variety of fresh vegetables, lentils, rice, olives, spices, oils, sauces, frozen meals, snacks, drinks and sweets.

JAN WADDY | PanamaCity.com
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 13:13 PM.

PANAMA CITY — When I pulled up to Indo-Pak on Tuesday, boxes of specialty goods from Chicago were being unloaded from a large truck into the Middle Eastern grocery store.

Tayyaba Awan is running the store, while her father, owner Malaka Awan, spends the month in Pakistan. They opened Indo-Pak about two years ago, not long after coming to the U.S.

“I came directly to Panama City,” said Tayyaba, 26. “It’s very good, like it, very quiet. … My friends come with me and go to beach — American, Pakistani, Indian, all friends.”

I had never seen many of the products on the shelves and couldn’t read most of the labels.

“I like coming in here,” said Shannon Bellew of Gadsden, Ala., who was helping her friend, Tayyaba, unload the truck. “Nine times out of 10, if you can’t find it at the grocery store, you can find it here. And it’s fresh, especially the vegetables.”

Fresh vegetables are delivered every two weeks on Thursday afternoons, with Jan. 10 being the first delivery this year. The produce assortment has included eggplant, cilantro, mint, chili, tomatoes, dill, zucchini and squash.

Bellew added, “My boyfriend’s Mexican.” The store’s Mexican cuisine includes El Milagro corn tortillas in the refrigerator.



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