Hi everyone! In my last post I mentioned that we’d be visiting Vancouver for the Thanksgiving long weekend, so my next few posts will be posts of things from Vancouver. Now this post may seem long but it really isn’t. It’s mostly full of pictures (that only a true foodie can appreciate) of some neat stuff I found in Aberdeen Centre in Richmond BC. This is definitely the place if you’re looking for some Asian shopping. Enjoy :-D.
It has a marketplace where you’ll be able to find many Asian veggies and barbecue meats such as char siu.
There are a few Chinese herbal medicine stores which you’ll be able to find dried scallops and abalone for my abalone with dried scallops and mushrooms atop snow pea tendrils recipe.
Don’t be fooled, this is not an herbal medicine store, but more of a snack store.
You’ll be able to find dried fruits, squid, beef jerky, and even……
……can you tell what the orange package in the middle is? Not spiders or scorpions, dried baby crabs! I didn’t buy them this time, but I have tried them before. You basically eat them whole, like popcorn. They’re quite crunchy with a slight spicy sweetness to them from the sauce they’re covered in.
Check out the size of that huge teapot. For comparison purposes, I included those rice bowls in the picture.
This was a cute bowl of noodles. The noodles and the chopsticks moved up and down. I know, I’m easily amused.
I wanted this cute miniature Mahjong (also known as MJ) set. Any of you play? I used to play Hong Kong and Taiwanese style, but I like the Taiwanese style much more. This game can get very addicting, so watch out ;-).
Thought this Chinese Chess set was super cute too. Hubby and I used to play this all the time. Gosh, kids sure do change your life, but for the better of course :-D.
Any Hello Kitty fans out there?
Ok, I thought this was so cool. Don’t know why I didn’t buy a plate or two for my kiddies. Any parents out there trying to get their kids to eat their fruits and veggies? I think this would be the perfect solution. Actually, come to think of it, this does encourage kids to play with their food. So should’ve bought two ;-).
Kiddie training chopsticks. Sometimes I think I still need a pair of these. I still hold my chopsticks the wrong way (blush).
Cute salt and pepper shakers and grinders.
A wine puzzle. I think you have to solve the puzzle before you can get to your wine. This one would drive me nuts! Gary, don’t you be getting this for me for Christmas lol.
Cute jars with a little person hanging from the lids.
Look at these miniature sushi pieces. Aren’t they cute?
Yes, even fake food gets me excited.
They also have lots of Chinese and Taiwanese restaurants in this centre. I think I saw more Taiwanese restaurants though.
How can I not get a shot of Candyland?
So if you’re looking for some Asian shopping, Aberdeen Centre in Richmond BC is your place. By the way, I don’t work for Aberdeen and never got paid for any of this. Just wanted to share some cool finds with you. Yup, my vacations all center around food :-P. Now you know what I like to look at when I’m on vacation. What do you like to look at and shop for when you’re on vacation? What do your vacations center around?
That’s it for now, friends and family. Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed posting it. I promise, there’ll be real food in my next post. Until next time :-D.
Doreen, if you’re reading this, this next picture is for you. Doreen had asked me where she would be able to find Laksa paste in Edmonton. I was at the T&T in West Edmonton Mall and found some Laksa paste there. To answer your second question, Doreen, T&T supermaket West Edmonton Mall aisle 8c. Hope that helps :-D.