Hong Kong Supermarket, the Chinatown landmark at the corner of Pike and East Broadway, burned down last night. Bowery Boogie has photos and video footage from the scene. Apparently the fire started in the adjacent building around 9:45 p.m. and had people in the smoke-filled streets until well after midnight.
Shopping at Hong Kong Supermarket was something of a delightful madness. The shelves were stocked with everything from sesame paste to grape jam-filled marshmallows. Sure, there are plenty of other Asian markets in the city, but this was a special favorite of Serious Eaters.