So as I was thinking last week, one of things little things I realized I would miss going home this summer is the completely a la carte grocery shopping experience.
|Market at one of the ShunYi communities|
An example, shallots. I rarely use shallots, but I have one recipe that calls for shallots and I've only found one way to buy shallots in the MidWes U.S. and that is by the bag. It isn't a large bag but it is still way more than I need. I can't just buy a shallot or two, I've got to waste an entire bag of shallots. Yes, I'm sure someone out there has a way that I could freeze my shallots and not let them go to waste but as a mother with young ones, that's really the last thing I want to have to worry about most days. I just want to buy 2 shallots and get on with my money and day.
If I want 25g of curry spice, 50g of almonds, 1 small cucumber, 5 cans of Diet Coke, 2 stalks of cilantro, or 1 chicken breast I can very easily buy it. And while I'm sure in some stores I shop, I might be able to find things piecemeal like this, it seems much more a hassle versus here in Beijing.
|Imported Pepsi cost 7.50RMB which is about $1.25 a can|