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Spices at Assad Mini Mart-Makati

Edit: I do not own Assad and am not affiliated in any way with this business. This is only a blog post on Assad. If you have any questions about products they carry I suggest you call one of the numbers below. I will not approve any more of these questions in my comment section. Thank you!


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I have found it to be a bit challenging at times to find all of the raw ingredients in Manila for the various cooking projects I have undertaken. Though selections in supermarkets have improved when cooking non-Filipino foods especially, you have to do a little searching.

That’s why I’m adding a new category to this website to assist others as I assume I’m not the only one. For any market report I do I will add a Where to Find tag for the primary items that can be found at a given market, beginning with spices at Assad Mini Mart. Most places in Manila still don’t have much of an online presence so I’ll help them along.

Assad Mini Mart is am Indian grocer with a good selection of grocery items and halal foods. They sell frozen and fresh flat breads, as well as dairy items and dried legumes. However the one thing I got excited about was their large selection of inexpensive spices.

I stocked up my pantry on a number of the spices that are either hard to find at the grocery store or prohibitively priced. In many cases you will pay 6-8 times the money per gram than you would here. Although if you are not too familiar with the looks of different spices you may want to ask for assistance because they aren’t exactly well labeled.

At the front counter they have a hot case with potato samosas for p15. I picked up four and made an all-starch lunch out of them. They have a nice curry kick to them and the tamarind sauce is perfect.

According to the calling card I procured they have three locations which I will list below. The one I go to is in Makati on Jupiter. As always feel free to contact me or leave comments if you’re searching for something in particular and I will do my best to point you in the right direction. Otherwise share your findings so we can have a consolidated resource here on to assist home cooks in procuring ingredients.

Assad Mini Mart Locations:
Unit 1-A Eurocrest Building
126 Jupiter St., Bel-Air Vil,

Midtown Executive Homes
1268 United Nations Ave.
526-1349, 526-5034

Door #5 Thaddeus Arcade, San Roque
Marikina City


  1. joey says:

    I love this place! I was so happy when they opened their branch in Makati (after being in UN Ave for so long…not exactly near me) :) I haven’t been for a while though and I can’t believe the samosas are still only P15!!

  2. Paolo says:

    Taj, also in Makati, also has a similar selection and may have some items that Assad does not, or has them for cheaper. Last time I was there, I was looking for curry leaves – they gave me some for free because they had some plants out back :) Their samosas are also really good, haven’t tried Assad’s though so I don’t know which is better.

  3. Katrina says:

    Assad has my favorite samosas! Larger than most, flavorful, with that amazing tamarind sauce. I can identify them when they’re served at parties. When I used to go to UN Ave. to visit clients many years ago, I’d pop into Assad to buy a couple of samosas for lunch or dinner and try to get out as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the others in the car with me would complain about the store’s smell stuck to my clothes. Are the samosas seriously STILL P15?! I’ve gotta head to Jupiter soon, then!

  4. zhay says:

    hi guys .. just an inquiry.. do you guys sell cecic flour as well ?

  5. zhay says:

    hi. are you guys selling besan flour ?

  6. Gem says:

    Do you think they sellndried lavender there?

    • Jeremy says:

      I have not seen lavender here or for that matter anywhere in Manila. Maybe somebody can recommend where to get it?

    • Yrrej720 says:

      Try the plant store in market market global city i saw some lavander plant there its around P250 per plant.

  7. arj says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks for sharing Mr. D!

  8. Yssa F says:

    Hi, I came across your website when I was looking for reviews on Assad… Thank you so much for the article, I contacted them and asked about the spices I needed, all except for Juniper berries. I was wondering if you knew where I could get them? Thank you so much and more power! :)

    • Jeremy says:

      I have been looking for juniper berries myself. The only place I’ve found them is at the spice vendor in the Salcedo Market. However I bulked at the price (around p800 for a jar if I recall correctly). If you really need it though they have it.

      And if you’re making gin I will be waiting for a sample :)

      • Yrrej720 says:

        Hi Yssa F just wanna share where to find juniper berries. Its at SM Supermarket in makati there is a Spices Store outside the supermarket inside the mall at the groundfloor a jar cost P450.

  9. Adrien says:

    The Marikina-Gil Fernando store closed down. Just sayin’, in case someone wants to visit that branch.

  10. Lioness says:

    I ALWAYS stop in Assad before I head my flight back home in Cebu. Tho I aim for sweet goodies …..I’m always tempted to bring some samosas from too. It taste much much better and most affordable…. :)

  11. Tara says:

    You are a GODSEND!!! I’ve been craving for Assad’s samosas for quite some time now (I’m 4 months pregnant) and was heartbroken at the thought of how far away they were all the way at UN Avenue. I started Googling anyway to tease myself and discovered that they have a branch just along Jupiter street! I work at Paseo-Buendia so it’s super near from me lang!!! I will drag my husband there tomorrow haha

  12. Roshi says:

    Hi. Would you know if they have rosewater there? I forhog to get some in india and i need it badly. Please help me :(

  13. Kristin F. says:

    Hello, do you have any idea if they sell fresh galanggal?

  14. Mumtaz Jahan says:

    Hi, do they have Shan Chicken Biryani Mix and other Shan products? I would love to order such. i hope they have an online store. Thanks for this info :)

  15. Bey says:


    Do you have any idea if they sell SRIRACHA sauce there?


    • Jeremy says:

      Hi Bey, You can buy sriracha at S&R, but Assad doesn’t carry it. As a not so side note, I am actually developing my own sriracha as a part of the Mr. D’s line up which will be available soon.


      • Famous Jorge says:

        Did you ever manage to make that Sriracha sauce? I have made several attempts but here is the issue. The chilies we get here are way too spicy and not as meaty. My Sriracha sauce was renamed as Hallelujah after it burnt many tongues beyond repair.

        • Jeremy says:

          Sounds good :) I did make it. I haven’t done it again since but I managed to come up with something pretty decent.

  16. Kalbo says:

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you very much for the write up.
    I always wondered where I might be able to find Indian spices in Manila.
    I am hoping to find, coriander powder, fenugreek powder and garam masala powder.

    • Jeremy says:

      Your welcome! You should be able to find all of those at Assad. Try the samosas on your way out too.

      • espi says:

        hi great site! just curious, i am looking for indian gooseberry juice or amla oil. I read up on it and apparently it has a lot of health benefits including helping hair loss. Did you happen to see this product in Assad? I

  17. Jed says:

    What kinds of spices does Assad carry? Are these the powdered ones or fresh ones? Would you mind emailing me a list if you have them or post them here? Thanks in advance.

  18. Zita says:

    Hi! do you have any idea where I can find tahini paste and Fenugreek ground and whole? Thank you.

  19. Rose says:

    I love Assad not only for the yummy samosas and spices but akso for the luscious jams that they sell which go perfectl with the wheat bread I always have for breakfast.:-)

  20. emil alegre says:

    thanks for the info on assad’s minimart.. now i know where i can buy garam masala.. i’m an amateur cook trying to experiment with other spices.. thanks again Jeremy…

  21. Mina says:

    Hello there,

    Just curious if Assad is selling dates (fruit)? dry ones? By the way, you have a good article here. Thanks for sharing… :)

  22. Arjay says:

    do they have cardamoms?

  23. GREG says:

    Yes Aasad, has Rose Water…
    A GREAT place to shop for fesh spices…IMHO… : )

  24. reyn habana says:

    Hi sir,
    I just want to ask if they sell sandalwood powder.
    Thank you so much…

  25. Bobby says:


    do u have GHEE grass-fed? what is your contact numbers?


  26. Renee Marie Usares says:

    I just want to ask, does any of you know if there’s rose water available in Assad?

  27. Denise Roco says:

    Thanks for posting their number! Am ordering a whole bilao of samosas for a celebration. Although Assad has yet to put up their own website, it’s a great thing I could find their number here on your site.

    Cheers Jeremy! 😉

  28. Berna Garcia says:

    Hi Jeremy! Just wondering if you know some place where I can buy curry leaves? Thanks !

    • Jeremy says:

      Hi Berna,

      I haven’t seen them in the Philippines yet.. You could ask at Assad. They might know someone. Also there’s an herb vendor in the Salcedo Market, on the side closest to the organizers’ tent that might as well. Good luck!

  29. Steven Wade says:

    Fantastic find!
    Greatly missing Tandoori Chicken, REAL nan, chicpeas, etc in Davao,
    Does Assad’s have mail order? Sending spices to Davao via Davao Ferry is fine. Can this be done?
    I can come to manila if necessary.

  30. Ray says:

    Hi, I just want to ask if they also hold other south asian items, like singaporean ingredients.

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