Well, I went back and this time it was earlier in the day. There weren't many people in the store so I took my time looking around. I found plenty of interesting items that I wanted to try/buy and plenty of others (like preserved chicken eggs) that the westerner in me wouldn't think of trying. There were loads of teas, herbal elixirs, fresh produce, and preserved fruits. There were also a lot of snacks and candies which were a little healthier and less processed than some of the snacks that you'll find in a conventional grocery store; and a lot cheaper than what you'll find in a health food store. There was also a frozen section, a deli and a little area with beauty products that I didn't have time to look at. So I'm sure I'll be headed back to check out what I missed. Here are the few things that I did pick up; all for about $11. And I wanted more but that dang budget flags waves high and mighty these days (it's really real).
What I got:
Left to right:
Common Self-Heal Fruit Spike Drink
A beverage made with Prunella Vulgaris and other herbs/roots. Tasted a bit like cola without the fizz. And was a little sweet. I can remember if it was sweetened with sugar or honey.
Grass Jelly Drink
A beverage made with grass jelly and other ingredients.
Honey Pomelo dry fruit
Dried pomelo fruit with sugar and gelatin. These were tasty but upon reading all of the nutrition facts (which I usually always do but didn't this time) I was disappointed at the amount of calories and sodium (240/220) that one piece contained :-/
Green Tea Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds coated with green tea powder and salt. Not bad but I found myself getting tired of the taste after a couple handfuls.
Temple of Heaven Green China Tea Special Gunpowder
Loose green tea
Meiji Milk Chocolate Bar
Average chocolate bar
A few more photos:
Do you shop in Chinatown where you live? or other ethnic markets? Let me know.
P.S. I kinda wanted to try the durian chewy candy. I figured that would be the closest I'd get to trying the infamous fruit.