Felicity is back from Canada with all kinds of great food she can’t get in Britain. It reminds me of food I saw (and photographed, to Kailah’s amusement/embarrassment, depending on the situation) in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is such an interesting mix of East-meets-West, and it’s amazing how the British thing pops up everywhere you go. For instance, I’ve never seen this item in the States, and the name just sounds British, or else like someone’s parody of something British…. so what is it, exactly?
Made with real marrowfat? Can’t wait to try it!
So of course that was all fascinating, but there was one store that just blew me away. I think I’ve already mentioned Park’n’Shop, the neighborhood supermarket, and Taste, the upscale one with the health food (and of course, the Octopus soup mix), but city’super is in a class by itself. If you are an expat who hasn’t had Kraft macaroni and cheese in ages, or maybe an Amy’s pot pie, then this is the place for you. They have absolutely everything, and that everything costs an arm and a leg there, but what’s an arm and a leg if you’ve been away from America so long you’re absolutely jonesing for a Claussen pickle? Which of course we buy here at home…
And maybe some Heineken beer…. is this enough?
But OK, so we saw American products one can get at any supermarket here… and then I saw it: Organic Valley cream cheese, made not far from us in Wisconsin!
I was so amazed, because there is only one place on earth where that is produced….. and then the final, most amazing thing of all:
That’s right! Bagels Forever bagels, made in just one bakery right here in Madison, WI., USA! OK, I have to admit, these bagels leave something to be desired when frozen and thawed, but you can bet that if I actually lived in Hong Kong, there would come a time I’d pay that arm and leg for a bag of four of these. Let’s see….$26 HK is about $3.50 US; that’s almost a dollar per bagel…..
So, yeah, stuff there was imported from all over the world. Another interesting thing I saw was a line of milks, I think from Italy, made of grains you normally wouldn’t even think of using here. Spelt? Millet?
I had a lot of fun looking at everything at city’super, but probably just because I knew I’d be going home soon and could buy my Bagels Forever bagels for $0.89 US. How expensive was this place? Well, some (mainland) Chinese tourists who passed me in the aisle uttered one of the few Mandarin phrases I know: "Tai guai!" ("Too much!)