Chinese, Japanese and Korean Supermarkets and Grocers in Manchester - Cheap Delicious Ethnic Foods
Do you love checking out sources for interesting ethnic cuisines and cooking ingredients you haven’t tried yet? Are Asian supermarkets and grocery stores a target for you whenever you’re visiting somewhere new? Certainly in these frugal, credit-crunched times, Asian supermarkets are a great place to shop if you're looking for bargains as well as a taste of the orient. You can expect whole aisles of packets and tins and fresh fruits and vegetables that you've never heard of before, still less recognise!
If you’re planning on visiting Manchester – or maybe you already live there – then you’ll have no problem tracking down some terrific Asian supermarkets. Manchester’s Chinatown is famous and extensive – lucky them! I have often found the supermarkets and shops in Chinatown to be great not just for food, but also for picking up all kinds of beautiful and unusual household items – I find it very hard to leave without, say, a set of gorgeous noodle bowls or a poster of a Thai baby god!
But what supermarkets and stores can you head for specifically once you hit Manchester, if you are looking for interesting additions to your store cupboard to foster your interest in Asian cuisines? One possibility is that of Woo Sang Supermarket, situated on George Street directly in Manchester Chinatown and established in 1973. It stocks cooking equipment as well as a range of ingredients from different ethnic cuisines e.g. Thailand and Japanese. With its big bold yellow signage, you can't miss it!
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They sell rice and noodles in bulk for the canny shopper (up to as much as 20 kilos!) and have a good range of exotic fresh fruit and vegetables e.g. pak choi and beansprouts. Also for the vegans amongst us, Woo Sang do stock wheat protein. This isn't explicitly labelled as seitan (which is the famously 'meaty' vegan wheat protein celebrated on vegan forums) but is no doubt very similar.
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Alternatively you could try out Wing Fat Supermarket on Faulkener Street, still in central Manchester. They do deliveries – always a bonus if you're strapped for time – and stock the usual staples (rice, noodles, sauces, spices) as well as a wide range of fresh foods, e.g. unusual vegetables and fruits such as chillies, durian, melons, ginger etc. The range of sauces, dips, pickles, marinades and such is immense – all those cool little packets with writing in a language you're never going to master! All this plus fresh meat and fish and cooking gear too. It's the whole deal!
Asian supermarkets: I love them. There are things you can pick up in them that are amazingly cheap, and things you can just pick up and puzzle your head over. “What the heck is this, anyway?” Often a bargain, always exciting, it's a whole world away from your regular Sainsbury's or Tescos!