Grocery Shopping in ChinaPosted: March 13, 2011
One thing you can’t bring with you from the United States to China is food. Unless you have extra space in your luggage you plan on checking in you won’t be able to bring anything over. When we first arrived we knew we would need to get some food so we had our driver take us to the supermarket which happens to be the largest supermarket I have ever seen. It’s more like a mall with a grocery store in the center.
Most of the food looks foreign. Oh wait, it is foreign to me… I’m in China! I realize quickly that I won’t be able to communicate with an employee and I can’t read the labels so this might be difficult.
I can make out the produce only it’s different from what we find in the states.
and you have to stand in line to have a barcode put on the produce before you go to the checkout stand. This is something I didn’t know and it was quite an ordeal when I got to the checkout so lesson learned!
The meat department looks like this I think that is chicken in the upper left corner of the photo. If it’s not then my family will eat something new I guess.
This could be hamburger I’m just not sure.
I don’t even WANT to know what this is…
There are isles and isles of noodle and rice options and the oil comes in gallon sizes. I never found dairy other than some boxed milk, powdered milk, and peanut milk. Really, I was just exhausted by the time I walked through the place so in the end this is what I got…
Next trip to the market I thought it would be nice to make some cookies for my kids when they get home from school but I wasn’t sure I would be able to find all the ingredients. I did find the baking isle and everything is packaged in bags with chinese writing so I wasn’t sure what I was getting and the sizes are small so it might only make a small batch but it’s worth trying.
Somehow without butter, a mixer, a cookie sheet, or even oven mitts I made my family some cookies…YEAH!!
It’s a little like camping out still but I’ll learn where to shop for what my family calls “normal” food and I’ve already met some other expat wives in the neighborhood who have brought my family food and given me the 411 on where to buy imported food and the International Womens Group has even put together a cookbook with local ingredients together so I just need to get my hands on that and I’ll be good to go….I think.