This would have been a good #geographyweek thread.
Arabic grocery- nuts (great value), halva (tahini and sugar sweet), tiny aubergines
Polish grocery - sour cherry jam
Japanese bakery - melon bread
Kosher bakery - bread rolls
Korean grocery - rice noodles (for japchae) and gochujang (red spicy paste)
These items all enrich my life and I would love to hear your choices
That Portuguese place in Rotterdam - Tons of Portuguese food
Latvian: Chocolate bars that are just like those green triangles from quality street. Oh my days No idea how I’m not Type 2 already.
We have ozmen extra which is my absolute favourite place in the world. Seemingly has everything from every international supermarket in it, along with an in store bakery, baclava counter, and olive bar.
I get lots flatbread, baclava and olives there. Along with lots of other things
sadly not on international grocerybook I would like to be tho
Arabic grocery- spices, herbs etc
Polish grocery - vodka, sausages, bread
Chinese grocery - oil, sauces, random things.
One thing I enjoyed (? totally not the right word) about lockdown is/was when the queue to go in Tesco’s was 100 people long and no stock, going into the Chinese, Polish, Hungarian places dotted about. No queues, full shelves, and bought loads of fresh and tasty stuff i’d never heard of before.
I love food.
I mean just look at their juice selection for example.
Here in West Norfolk, we don’t have specific groceries as listed in the OP. But we have two very good supermarkets that cover a wide range of African/Asian foods.
- preserved lemons
- 40cm x 40cm spring roll sheets
- various spices / spice mixes: fenugreek leaves, chaat masala, rose petals
Big bags of spices for about 50 rappen, as opposed to 5 Franks for an insulting little pot.
Polish grocery - crisps and tubs of crispy fried onions (can’t find them anywhere else)
Asian grocery - Maggi hot & sweet sauce, lentils, rice
French grocery (the one near Paddington) - all the sweet stuff like cat’s tongue biscuits, fruit compotes, cream desserts
We get slabs of biltong from the African Village and Wor Lass will usually get other nostalgic things that she sees. The sadza we buy lasts a million years but that too.
I’m a big fan of the Jamaican section in Tesco international foods - the grape soda and Ting are good. Sainsbury’s often have quite good West Indian bits (not sure why because neither of the best selections have been in very WI areas) and I like the chilled pattie selections.
Turkish - bread, pickles, veg, hummus
Polish - cheese, previously meat, beer
Chinese - noodles, hot sauces
Everyone in Brighton must know Taj, it’s like the biggest supermarket for international food and it keeps getting bigger!
I get roti, chapati and other bread, hummus, falafel, jackfruit, specific vegetables/chilli’s that you can’t get elsewhere, cooking stuff like mirin, gochujang, fancy soy sauces, tofu and it also does loads of vegan/veggie bits
- Loses a mark because the fresh produce isn’t always all that
There’s quite a few ‘international’ shops near me - I should probably go in and have a look
We have a Hoo Hing about a 10 minute walk from us! Great for
Anything of this brand (so addictive)
Also an international supermarket 10 mins in the other direction. Great for veg and every type of bean/legume/pulse/whatever that exists. As well as very niche cheese and fresh delicious baklava