I’d like to share what I think is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. Take a trip with me to the Far East, okay the West of Edinburgh.
From the outside you’d probably think it stocks just Chinese ingredients. Not so. You’ll find just about any ingredient you could possibly wish for whether you are cooking Indian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, British and of course, Chinese.
Just inside the front door you’ll find the fresh produce – plenty of unfamiliar and more recognisable items. Ahead you’ll find aisles of produce – each aisle seems to gather ingredients from a different cuisine together – this can be a little confusing as you can find coconut for instance in several different places.
The ingredients are ridiculously cheap, and are offered in small, medium, large and enormous bags. I look at huge bag of cumin seeds and wonder how many years it would take me to get through it and it’s less than £5. There are bags of nuts – a kilo of cashews at little more than you’d pay for 250 grams in a high street supermarket.
At the back there are frozen items – intriguing dumplings, dim sum, seafood, fish and meats – what fun to have a party to try them all out.
In another aisle, teas and dried mushrooms. You often catch yourself wondering exactly what such and such is. Near the exit, you can find utensils, cleavers, steamers and other kitchen bits and pieces.
I’m a regular visitor and always astonished how little I spend when I’ve stocked up on umpteen things. There, it’ll be a best kept secret no longer.
So take a little trip to the orient, it’s such fun and very easy on your purse.
36 Inglis Green Rd
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH14 2ER
0131 443 8686