Oriental Oddities

I apologise for the misleading title of this post, as if you're of a Chinese background you're probably looking at this little selection thinking 'they're not odd at all!?'. Well, to us Westerners (particularly Stoke ones) these were the oddest selection of things (minus fish heads and live crabs) that I could find in the Chinese Supermarket on a recent visit. I originally went to the Chinese Supermarket to get some Tom Kha paste. But they've stopped selling it?! WHY?! It's the best product EVER and so simple to make a delicious Tom Kha soup with, wah wah wah. Sulking aside, I cheered myself up with the following little treats.

First up, we have Green Tea Noodles. I bought these, well, because they're noodles with green tea in of course! I'd never heard of such a thing. I know you can get noodles with strange stuff in, like squid ink and the like, but green tea sounded pretty appealing. I had no idea what to serve these with though, as clearly a few meatballs and tomato sauce wasn't going to be a fitting accompaniment. I first tried them with some curry paste mixed in, thinking that would make some kind of nice, erm, I don't even know. Anyway. It didn't work and created some kind of slop in the bottom of the pan, yuck! That swiftly got thrown away. I then just tried the noodles on their own, with nothing added and served just in a bowl with a little salt sprinkled on. It was a success. But kind of bland. They're nothing special, and nothing that's going to blow you away! A very delicate flavour of green tea can be tasted when they're on their own, but with anything stronger than salt I think the flavour would completely disappear. Unless anyone knows a way to enhance the flavour some how? They're cooked the same as regular spaghetti and can go from pack to plate in around 10 minutes, so a quick and different snack if ever there was one. 
Second up we have Pearl Milk Tea. I guess this is kind of a take on Bubble Tea, but in a can. I didn't have high hopes for this whatsoever. In fact the thought of it make me feel a little sickly in my tummy, and let's face it, the can doesn't exactly make it look too appetising either! I poured it into a glass so I could get the 'full effect' but didn't have a straw, so the 'pearls' just stayed at the bottom. I fished some out with a spoon and tried them on their own and they were just flavourless little chewy balls of erm, well, nothing. The Milk Tea itself was quite wonderful though. It was very sweet and reminded me of sugarpuffs. I didn't drink the whole can in one go though as it was a little too much for one belly to take. The pearls didn't add anything to the drink but equally they didn't offend my taste buds.
Finally, my favourite from my little selection! SUGUS! What Sugus actually are I cannot tell you as the packet had no English writing on at all. I just saw a melon on it and bought two packs, as you do. Turns out, they're kind of like a chinese take on Chewits. But a little bit harder to chew. They have a kind of buttery taste like Werthers Original do but with a lovely melon flavour. They really are so nice! Well, if you like buttery melon flavours they are. I will be scouting out some more of these for definite on my next visit. There's not much else do elaborate on with these though, so I will leave it just at they're a taste sensation.
What do you think of my selection? Has it inspired you to push the boat out and try something new on your next visit to the Chinese Supermarket? I lost the receipt telling me how much each thing cost but from my recollection nothing was more than £1.50 and the most expensive item was the noodles. 

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20 Comments:

  1. I love these type of posts you do!
    I wish i knew where my nearest chinese supermarket is as id love to try that Pearl Milk Tea!
    Natalie xx
    youralmostalice.blogspot.com

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    1. I need to do them more often, people like them more than my regular posts haha!

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  2. I think you are extremely brave to sample unknown items of food, no poisons found yet lol x

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  3. I have a Chinese supermarket just across the road from where I live but I hardly ever buy anything there because I'm not too sure what to start with! I'll have to see if they have any of these as a starting point, I'm quite intrigued by the noodles x

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    1. The noodles are good and not too scary for your first adventure into oriental supermarkets haha!

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  4. i absolutely loveeeeeeeee the pearl milk tea, it's my favourite from the chinese supermarket!
    the pearls are supposed to stay at the bottom though. theyre just for the flavour. (of course, they're flavourless...the flavours in the actual drink i think)

    yumyumyum chinese finds are the best. although...not the dried octopus :|

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    1. Ooohhhhh!! NOW it makes sense!!! Thanks for that! Hahaha.

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  5. This post definitely made me want to go shopping in China Town. Thanks. <3

    xoxo
    Sexy Little Things

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  6. I found my chinese supermarket the other day but the old lady was shouting chinese profanities at a boy who was sweeping the floor... So I just walked past!!
    I may have to brave going in though, I love trying new and odd things!
    xxx

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    1. It can be a little intimidating sometimes! Especially one of the ones in manchester, but once you go in a few times it's ok haha.

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  7. I love these post as I find Chinese supermarkets & the World Food Aisle at Tesco the most thrilling part of a shopping trip (ha ha yes I am that sad) I would add the noodles to a stir fry or soup

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    1. Oh I know exactly what you mean! Sod the boring british brands, world foods are the future!

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  8. I'd love to try the green tea noodles! I'm not a fan of tea, but I'm getting into green tea so I'd be intrigued to see what these tasted like! Kinda stumped what to cook with them though! x x

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    1. They're such a subtle flavour so probably a good idea for you then!

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  9. I'm Chinese and if you ever go to China or Hong Kong, then you have to try their Pearl tea! The canned stuff just isnt great... (the tea is better and the pearls are black and actually taste good). Nothing odd or new to me here...

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    1. Hahaha I didn't think these things would be weird to anyone from china! I do really want to try pearl tea properly. Although I'm not sure it'll take the place of bobo tea in my heart!

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    2. If you search up pearl milk tea on Google images, you'll get the idea of what it looks like :)
      And I've never actually tried bobo tea? Do they do that over here in the UK?

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  10. The sweets look interesting. And I'm jealous that you get a Chinese market- most we get is a farmers every month!

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