Guide to the Best Food to Buy at MD Oriental Market + More!

Whether you are traveling or live in the Tampa Bay area, MD Oriental Market is a must-visit for some of the best Asian cuisine. In our opinion, this is considered one of the best Asian specialty markets and people travel here just to experience it.

MD Oriental Market is one of the largest Asian grocery stores in Florida. It has a wide selection of hot and cold food, fresh seafood, and an outstanding bakery.

As a specialty grocery store, they have traditional meat, seafood, snacks, etc. like most standard shopping stores. Beyond the usual items, they have aisles of nontraditional grocery store items. Here are a few examples: exotic and specialty meats, rare fruits (i.e., jackfruit and durian), a large selection of frozen foods, mochi, and so much more!

If you are in a huge rush, this store isn’t for you. Service we find is slower and aisles tend to be more untidy than your typical large grocery store chain. Relax, because part of the charm is the authentic feel!

MD Oriental Market Hours & General Information

MD Oriental Market St Petersburg fl (which is in the Pinellas Park neighborhood).
MD Oriental Market in Pinellas Park Sign Located in Parking Lot

MD Oriental has three locations within the Tampa Bay area which are: Tampa, Pinellas Park, and Brandon. The Pinellas Park location is our preferred location due to its size and variety. However, all are worthy options:

  • Pinellas Park: 7400 49th St N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 – (727) 954-8876
  • Tampa: 1106 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612 – (813) 868-1688
  • Brandon: 10127 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619 – (813) 443-2188
  • MD Oriental Market Hours: Daily from 8:30 am – 8 pm (hours are subject to change)
  • Credit cards are accepted at their locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

cold food section at MD Oriental Market in PInellas Park
MD Oriental Market in PInellas Park

Is MD Oriental Market only a Chinese Market?

MD Oriental Market is largely a Chinese market that is easy to navigate with signage in Chinese or English. However, they do have a good variety of reasonably priced specialties from Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Does MD Oriental Market only sell food?

No, they sell a variety of other items such as cookware, utensils, beauty products, as well as beer and wine. They have one of the broadest selections of saké.

Tip: It is best to visit during the weekday or when it first opens on the weekend. It tends to get very busy during the peak times.


Live Seafood at MD Oriental Market

Live Crabs at MD Asian Market
Live Crabs at MD Oriental Market Pinellas Park, FL

It’s been a long time since we have seen a whole wall of fresh seafood in tanks at a grocery store. At the Pinellas Park MD Oriental Market you will find a good assortment of live and fresh seafood for purchase.


Hot Food Prepared to Go

MD Oriental Market in Pinellas Park, FL is large with a great variety of Chinese food.
Hot Food Section at MD Oriental Market in Pinellas Park, FL

Have no time to cook? One of the things we love about MD Oriental Market is the large selection of freshly made hot food. Some of the available options tend to be chicken, duck, pork, and beef. Some of the starches include fried rice, egg rolls, and lo mein. They have a variety of vegetables and sauces. They also serve some delicious soups (our favorite is the hot and sour soup).

MD Oriental is a popular lunch place to grab something tasty and head back to work. You can quickly grab something already prepared in a pre-filled box, or pick your selection from the counter. They also have a nice dine-in option. Either way, you’re in good hands.


Check Out the Sushi & Sashimi

md oriental market pinellas park

Another lunch or dinner option is their freshly made sushi and sashimi. There are a variety of rolls ready to go. We tried the spicy tuna roll and rainbow roll. Both were fresh and definitely would eat them again. In our opinion, it was better than the average grocery store chain.


Experience the Delicious Bakery

As you approach the bakery, you won’t have to look for it. The delicious aroma literally beckons you. Here you will find some standard items as well as some very unique delicacies.

We tried the purple-powered bun with red bean filling. While it was made well, it is definitely for someone that prefers a more slightly sweet and savory bun.

At Formosa Cakes, you will see many items you won’t find in a traditional bakery, but they can surely pull off some extraordinary cakes. Besides being gorgeous to look at, they are made from some of the finest quality ingredients that are low calorie and low sugar so you can enjoy more of them!

MD Oriental Market cakes and bakery selections are delicious.
Formosa Cakes

Some of our favorite bakery items at MD Oriental Market are coconut cream buns, honey-glazed scallion buns, cheese buns, and custard tarts.

Next visit, we plan to check out the twisted almond bread. And speaking of bread, all of it was newly baked which totally makes the extra calories worthwhile.

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Rows of Rice

Rice Aisle at MD Oriental Market
Rice Aisle at MD Oriental Market

The sheer amount of rice in this store is impressive. Jasmine rice and a variety of different rice are in massive bags. These rice bags are large enough for an entire restaurant!


Final Thoughts on MD Oriental Market

If you love to eat or cook Asian cuisine, then you have found the right place. No other Oriental market will you find as much selection in Tampa Bay. They haven’t let us down yet. Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Guide to the Best Food to Buy at MD Oriental Market + More!”

  1. I never would have thought that you could find something like this in the Tampa Bay area! I will definitely have to make a note of this for my next trip. I love your tip about their selection of other items like Sake too!

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  2. We love visiting local grocery stores when we travel. It is always fun to discover new things that we can’t find at home. The bakery items, specifically the coconut cream buns, sound delicious!

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  3. This is so awesome! We love visiting specialty grocery stores and markets. So many fun treats. Thank you for sharing. Next time we are in the Tampa Bay Area, we’ll have to find this.

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  4. This place sounds like PARADISE! You can always find the best things ever at asian markets – I always visit mine 1x or 2x a week, just because they have such great variety when you make lots of Asian dishes 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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