Southeasts new Chinese Herb and Grocery Store fills ethnic need

by: Rita A. Leonard, The “grand opening” banner introduces the new Tai Yuen Chinese Herbs & Grocery Store at 6424 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

The Summer Olympics are coming up in Beijing in 2008; several noted Chinese Immersion programs are located at schools in Inner Southeast Portland. Quite naturally, interest is growing in our area in Chinese Culture.

Those seeking authentic Chinese herbs and remedies can find them more easily now, with the opening in mid-March of the Tai Yuen Chinese Herbs and Grocery Store at 6424 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

Owner Li He, and her husband and partner Shang He, are proud to offer authentic foods and herbs imported from China through San Francisco. 'We carry many items that promote natural health and well-being, such as ginkgo, natural oils for muscle aches and pains, and tea and herbs to combat colds and allergies,' says Li. These products come from such sources as Solstice Medicine Co., LongStar Healthpro Inc., Farlong Pharmaceutical, and J and P Nutriceutical Co., among others.

Tai Yuen displays large apothecary jars filled with dried squid, oysters, and ginseng, as well as many herbs that can be brewed into tea or soup. A lot of the products,such as swallow nest soup, are labeled in Chinese, but the owners are happy to help clients with their needs. 'We carry pollen, propolis, and royal jelly for customers who require honeybee products, and a nice hawthorne tea that is beneficial for both diets and allergies,' says Li. 'We have an herbal vitamin drink for children's colds that doesn't taste like medicine. We also carry soybean drinks, dried mushrooms, sweet dates, and many kinds of tea.'

Li's family has had a similar business in Seattle for two years, and the Portland couple hopes to provide an important service to customers in Portland. The store is open daily from 9 am until 8 pm, and the telephone number is 503/772-1268.