Last week, I needed several food items that would be cheaper from an Asian market so I popped into one that I hadn’t been to before. (Local peeps: it’s the one on the corner of Hartley and Old St. Augustine, across from the Walmart market strip).
As I was walking the aisles, it brought to mind the market I had visited in Alaska and my friend’s post about it. Because of that post, I decided to snap a few pix of the more unusual items.
This one had me laughing…vegetarian BBQ sauce?? For what, grilled tofu? Most (all?) BBQ in the south is some kind of meat. Now granted, it might be game rather than a domesticated animal, but it’s pretty much all meat. So this vegetarian sauce struck me as funny…
This did not strike me as funny because of what it is. I love chili garlic sauce and in fact even bought some on this trip. But 8.5 pounds of it??? I guess if you own an Asian restaurant and you need to refill your small jars, this makes sense. But this wasn’t a Costco type of store. It was a regular market. I cannot imagine ever going through this much!
I love rambutans and have even instagrammed them before. (You can follow me here if you don’t already.) However, I don’t really care for canned fruit so I cannot imagine what these must be like! I’ll stick to fresh (Freshfield Farms carries them around here!)
I had fun walking around and looking at all the cool foreign things. I know that in Italy there is a whole row of different pasta brands and types just as there were different sauces – soy and otherwise. I spent the majority of my time here.
I came away with all the items I needed plus a few more. Beginning from the front left –> baker’s twine (because why not?), small jar of sambal olek, large bottle of gluten-free tamari sauce (like soy sauce so I can invite Denise over and she can eat), sesame oil, mirin, rice vinegar, bamboo sticks (for shish-ke-bab), 4 limes for $1 (because the price was great and I couldn’t pass it up), hoisin sauce, and Pocky for the kids (chocolate covered cookie sticks). All this was under $50. Now I have all the ingredients I need to make lots of stir fries! I forgot to check and see if they had balut eggs! Oh well…next time!