Gaven Sohota and Freddie Phanh from the Meat Bazaar cube the fresh goat that arrived that day on Wednesday.

published on February 8, 2018 - 2:03 PM
Written by Edward Smith

Fresno has a new place to get its Punjabi-style marinated meats ready for the grill.

The Meat Bazaar on West Shaw Avenue has on display fresh chicken, lamb, beef, fish and goat ready for the grill.

“The quality of the meat is way different and that’s what sets it apart,” Manager Navi Singh said. “It’s fresh and a higher grade.”

With the exception of the fish, which Singh says is hard to get fresh outside of the Bay Area, all of the meat comes in fresh and is never frozen. The goat meat, though, receives a 10-minute chilling, which they say makes it easier to cut.

With marinades ranging from a mild Tandoori to Masala and spicy Nawabi and everything in-between, the food comes in a range of spices for people whether they like spicy or not.

“All the spices used are Indian,” Singh said. “Everyone assumes that because it’s Indian its going to be spicy, but we have different varieties.”

Coming soon, they will also be selling cooked meats for take-out once the city approves the permit.

The crew at the Meat Bazaar got the idea for their grocery from their frequent trips to Vancouver, Canada, where they said there are Punjabi delis on practically every corner. They the decided to take the idea back to Fresno where they found a lack of Punjabi and Indian offerings.

The Meat Bazaar is located at 3628 W. Shaw Ave, next to the Walmart, and it can be reached at 559-905-MEAT (6328).

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