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Day 112: Fun in Asian Grocery Stores

Day 112: Would you eat something with "poo" in the name?

Day 112: Would you eat something with "poo" in the name?

Does anyone else reading this find as much joy as me in just walking through foreign grocery stores? I know Cailin mentioned in a comment on my calorie counting post that the foreign labels aren’t very helpful for those tracking their daily intake, but it is for that same reason that I find the shops so much fun. I mean, what is that… and that… and that?!

Day 112 fell on Good Friday, and where can you go to find shops that are actually open here in Sydney on this holiday? That’s right! Chatswood!

Chatswood is a North Shore suburb with a high Asian population, which means that many shops are still open there on normal Australian holidays. Being just a 10 minute drive from my suburb, Pat and I headed here to grab some lunch, a movie, and have some fun walking around an Asian grocery store. It goes without saying we had loads of fun with just the last on this list.

What are the brown treasures?

brown eight treasures

Woohoo! Peanut butter!

peanut butter

What the heck is white gourd tea?

white gourd tea

Mmm… pork butts.

pork butt

I was seriously considering getting this.

slimming tea

What is the special “d”, and why is a chick in a cup?

special tea

We bought some of this jujube tea.

jujube tea

Here’s what sold us:

jujube tea helps
How can you say no to something that relieves vexation, insomnia, dreaminess and frightening? We went home and made that right up. Thoughts: It is very sweet.


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8 Responses to Day 112: Fun in Asian Grocery Stores

  1. Amy April 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I love going through foreign food shops and buying strange foods! I like to buy Pocky when I can find it- biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate- and in Vancouver I found Pumpkin Pocky!!!! 🙂 I like to buy small bottles of juice or water and use them as my water bottle for weeks! It makes me feel like I’m traveling and reminds me of another place. 🙂

    • Brooke April 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

      Pumpkin pocky?! Whoa, I’d like to try that 🙂

  2. Alouise April 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    I love going into foreign grocery stores. In Edmonton there’s TNT Supermarket, which is actually in West Edmonton Mall. But it’s a great Asian Grocery store. And The Italian Centre Shop is great for finding European foods.

  3. Odysseus April 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    I shop in Asian grocery stores all the time! 😉 I am a big fan of the jujube tea, and all the other Korean sweet teas — like liquid candy!

    • Brooke April 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      It is SERIOUSLY SWEET! I’m going to add half of what they recommend next time 😉

  4. Market.Travel April 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I love visiting Asian shops, though it’s really hard to understand some…lol. It’s always good to have someone or a native to help you out.

  5. Elise June 17, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Hahaha! I loved this!!
    My UNI was just around the corner from Chatswood, so I would always head over to the shops and quite often find myself laughing at the labels on the food items!!

    And I agree with Amy-you have to buy Pocky!! So good! Hello Pandas are pretty yum too!

  6. Zablon Mukuba June 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    the titles of the groceries are funny

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