Right by the bridge overpass, lies a mecca of fresh vegetables, fruits and other produce. Sometimes, I wonder why people go to Whole Foods when there is Chinatown produce. In Chinese culture, food is huge. We settle for nothing less than the freshest.
A long time ago, my sister was buying an onion in Chinatown. She took the first onion she saw. Then a woman said to her, "Aren't you going to examine it a bit more before you buy it?". My sister looked at the onion and it looked fine but realized how much care people put into buying their groceries in the community.
At local fruit and vegetable vendors you will often find things that are unavailable at your local grocery. Now in season are durians, pomellos, and persimmons. The prices here are among the least expensive in the city.
EAST BROADWAY FRUIT AND VEGETABLE VENDORS