Are you familiar with United Noodles, the hidden gem of an Asian grocery store in Seward? It’s on 24th Street just past Minnehaha, near where it dead-ends by the light rail line. Look for the big United Noodles sign on the left side. I started out with a yummy lunch from their deli, and then Lucy Schneeman, their super-friendly marketing manager, gave me the full tour.

United Noodles is celebrating 40 years in business this year. They’ve been in the same Seward location since the store was established by Alice Fung and Ramon Tan in 1972. The current general manager is Alice‚Äôs son Eric. United Noodles carries over 8,000 items from over 15 countries including China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. They are now selling their products online as well.

My lunch. Yum.

Tea Egg: hardboiled eggs in tea (cracked on purpose to let the tea flavor in)