Whenever I travel abroad, I always make a point of visiting the local supermarkets. I love everything about them – the new smells, the labels I can’t read, the shelves of foods I never knew existed.
But you don’t have to go overseas to find a supermarket that offers something a little bit different – just head to Cowcaddens, which is home to Glasgow’s own mini Chinatown. It’s not much of a town – just a shopping centre, really – but it has a fantastic Asian food shop.
Every aisle at Chinatown Groceries has something you never knew you wanted to try – chrysanthemum tea, mock duck, bitter melon, green tea cakes, grass jelly – proof that authentic
Chinese cuisine is far more varied and interesting than what you can get in your local takeaway. They also sell a good selection of Malaysian, Thai and Japanese groceries.
Adventurous eaters will no doubt leave with an odd assortment of goodies. I came home with two kinds of curry paste, vegetable gyoza, chili oil and several bags of tofu puffs, and I exercised considerable self-restraint.
Next time I don’t think I’ll be able to resist the lychee wine.
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