I knew I had to do it one day. It’s now or never. *Breathe*
You might think what’s so tough about shopping for food? Here’s my dilemma:
- pushing an ACTIVE 23 month old toddler
- maneuvering a stroller around non-wheelchair friendly places (I’ve had to haul him in his stroller up 3 steps once. Oof, heavy!)
- keeping my shopping list to what I can throw into the stroller basket
- getting everything on the list before he starts screaming for yoghurt/roasted chestnuts (???)/bao etc if we pass those aisles
I decided to go after lunch when he’s a bit drowsy from rice (I hope). That’s also when I have any energy left.
Fresh fish and seafood
I dumped our jackets at the counter and went straight for the meat section. The boy was surprisingly co-operative in the supermarket as he happily sipped water from his bottle, pausing to point at the fish in the aquarium tanks. Once, one fish jumped out and plopped onto the floor!
I can’t bring myself to buy any fresh fish or prawns yet because you need to fish them out LIVE. Hubby says that they WHACK the fish against the wall for a quick death. Ugh…
Many of the things there are recognizably Asian but there are some quirky items I can’t identify. I’ll get shots of them next time.
When in doubt, go for international brands:
The quality of Cheerios in China isn’t as good as the Cheerios you’d buy in Cold Storage. I suspect that it’s made in China and it’s a cheap version i.e. mostly flour and sugar 😛
I thought there were by Nabisco…guess they’re a sub-brand of Kraft??? Like Cheerios, the quality isn’t as good coz the cookies taste slightly burnt.
Are they made in China too? Are the Chinese plants selling burnt cookies to the poor unsuspecting Chinese market just to recover the production costs? -_-
Ayam brand tuna fish
RMB16 per can! Since I left my full-time job to become a stay-at-home mother, I have become more aware of the cost of things.
I’m not yearning for this canned bit of home yet (who does?) but this may be one of the items I’m bringing over after Chinese New Year.
I don’t really know how to use this but I couldn’t find Marmite. This is backup!
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Tomatoes – I love the tomatoes here, as they are practically seedless. I use them every other day…ok, right, since they are anti-oxidants???
Zucchini-like veg – No idea what I’m gonna do with it yet!
Bakery (bread and pastries)
Bread always come in half loaf sizes packed in these cutesy, packages. I feel it’s such a waste of packaging.
After all, bread is bread. But bread isn’t that popular in China, which is why they are sold in small packs. Half a loaf (6 slices) costs about RMB5!!! A yummy bao with a generous filling of meat, egg and vegetables only cost RMB1-2 each.
In the meantime, the boy was very placid. That’s because he’d fallen asleep during the stroll!
This allowed me to browse the food items in peace.
Hey, I can do this everyday if he’s like that 🙂