Do you know what a wet market is?
It’s a place I got most of my groceries from when I lived in Singapore, specifically at Blk 84 Marine Parade. It is an outdoor, but partially covered market where the locals sell their fresh produce including meat, fish, vegetable and also many household goods. They can be smelly with stalls very close together but it’s an awesome way to mix with and support your local community.
I miss these markets now I live in London.
Since I have decided to learn how to cook my own Dim Sum buffet I am inspired to search for local Asian supermarkets. I really don’t know why I haven’t been searching for them over the last 10 months as I think it would have helped me settle in more to life in London, being able to source Asian produce. But, a couple of minutes spent on Google and I realise there are a few within a 15 minute walk!
I live in Greenwich and adjoining there is a place called Deptford which unfortunately when I first moved here, didn’t have a great reputation according to many of the locals. But on visiting today it seems to be going through a renovation phase, especially Deptford High Street and it’s definitely a place I will return to.
It was here where I found not one but four Asian supermarkets! Of course I had a good wander through all of them, feeling mixed emotions, all good of course! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, products I used to buy in Singapore including my favourite noodles and pretty much everything I needed for my Dim Sum buffet.
There is always one shop you tend to gravitate towards for different reasons but on visiting Lai Loi, it was of course the variation of produce (we are talking fresh vegetables, spices, sauces, crabs, noodles, wanton wrappers – the list really is endless!) but it was also the friendly vibe of the family run business. I met two sisters working there, Hang and Twee. They helped me figure out what ingredients I needed and chatted away to me about life in Singapore and you know what the most important thing for me was, they didn’t try to over sell. You know how you go into stores and they convince you that you need pretty much everything they house in their shop AND store room? Not here. They gave me suggestions, alternatives to use and that is what I am looking for, that is what makes me want to go back. So sorry girls looks like you’re stuck with me!
If you are looking for a supermarket stocking various Asian cuisines including Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese amongst others (whilst also catering for vegetarians) then this is an awesome place to visit. And rest assured the girls will look after you, let me introduce you:
Tip from the girls:
The best day to visit is Thursday as that’s when the fresh produce arrives from overseas!
You can follow them on Instagram here and they open from 8am so take an empty shopping bag!
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