Supermarkets in China – Now
I’ve read that some people coming from Third World Countries are amazed by our U.S. supermarkets with their rows and rows of pet food, cereals, and all manner of consumable products. Where can you find such aisles now?
Some sections could be in a U.S. market:
However, in some sections, we know we are in China. Here’s Barry in the tea aisle.
We recognized some “street food” in a prepared foods section. Although we have never gotten sick by eating street food here, we figured it might be safer to buy in the supermarket than on the street. So we picked out a few things. Too late, Barry realized that one of the choices – a pork stuffed wanton was – not cooked! Yikes. We’re back to the streets.
The abundant packaged foods and the ubiquitous fast-food restaurants are leading some Chinese to make unhealthy choices.
And just so you don’t think that China just seems ordinary like another U.S. city, I’ll add this. A day when Barry and I had just been in the Shanghai Carrefour Supermarket and were walking back to our hotel, we passed a hutong, an old traditional neighborhood. We saw a crowd of people huddled over something on the ground across the street. I had to go look. I hoped it wasn’t a dog.
It was a goat being cut up! The U.S. Department would not approve of a curb-side butcher.
However, we learned on the news that night that Muslims were celebrating Eid Al-Adha, “The Festival of the Sacrifice.” A part of that tradition is to give charity; they are to sacrifice an animal and distribute its meat among family, friends, and the poor. So what we had seen was an act of giving; the people from the hutong who received the meat must have been happy and grateful.
So when you come to China, you won’t be very surprised by their supermarkets. However, you are likely to find surprises on the streets.
Zài Jiàn and Aloha, Renée