Shopping for Food

Food shopping is quite the experience here.  First, you cannot find everything you need in one shop, so your mindset has to change about visiting multiple stores to get everything you need.  Obviously, everything is in Chinese so it takes so long to find the things you need, and even then, you cannot be sure you have bought the right thing.  It is fascinating to see the different foods here.  Here is a fruit that I have not tasted yet, would not even know how to open/prepare it but it certainly looks intriguing:

What do you do with this? How do you eat it? What is it called?

Fresh fish also has a different meaning here.  They are swimming in tanks and you can chose which one you want and then it will be prepared for you (often with the head left on!!)  Toads and Turtles are also in the tanks, but I am quite positive that I will not be trying those, at least knowingly.  Then there are the tanks of eels and shrimps.  We all love dumplings and I love all the displays of them.  They make them in front of you too. And then there are the snack displays – huge rows of pick and mix and I have no idea what any of it is.  Well, I have the next 2 years to start finding out!! 

Pick and Mix Snacks

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