Since there is a Walmart literally on the same block as my building, I don't tend to do big grocery shops - I stop by every couple of days after work to restock. That said, I have learned that the best time to go shopping here is around noon, when everyone else is at home eating lunch. You don't get the freshest pick of the morning's vegetables, but they're usually less wilted than the after work hauls, so I normally look forward to my weekend shop.
Sadly this weekend the greens all felt a bit limp.
The ginger looked pretty great, though.
Picking up some tofu. I like what this brand calls 山水豆腐 (mountains and water tofu) - it's soft and beany and great for a scramble. I also picked up some dried tofu for meatier dishes.
All these dried seeds and fruits are lit beautifully, they looked delicious!
Since I live in Guangdong, here's the obligatory pic of ducks hanging in the deli counter. There are also fishtanks and stuff around the meat section, but i didn't head over there.
I always love the aisle of different oils and sauces. I picked up some 豆瓣酱 (doubanjiang), which is a spicy bean paste i discovered since moving here and now put in almost everything i cook.
Fruit jellies! There is an entire aisle of different fruit jellies.
Popped grains! My favorite brand is "Uncle Pop", because the name makes me smile.
Rice crackers! I eat these for breakfast with peanut butter, or if i am too lazy to make noodles they sub in for dinner carbs.
Grass jelly! Great in this hot weather. Also pictured is the famous red and gold cans of 王老吉 aka 加多宝, which is a very popular local ice tea.
Over in the import food section you can buy Italian-style pasta and American-style salad dressing and various other Asian foods. But i only care about the baked beans.
Heading to the checkout. They recently redecorated the whole place, and now there are some new fast food joints out front. I've only tried one of them so far - a 重庆小面 (Chongqing spicy noodle) place, which was okay. Since my house is so close i usually figure i should just go home and cook.
I also picked up regular beer, pineapple beer, sweet ice tea, 萝卜干 (pickled turnip), kimchi, noodles, sliced dragonfruit, 辣条 (like jerky, but made from gluten), chilis, 葱油饼 (scallion pancake), napa cabbage and some spinach.
Time for lunch!