While we are on the subject of the unavailability of local items why not consider what food products we miss from our countries of origin/residence and have a hard time finding in the Bay Area. For me they are:
1. Pork meat from China. Whilst obviously the US has pork meat, for some reason it doesnt taste like pork meat from China. I guess the Chinese feed their pigs different foods.
2.The same goes for duckmeat from China. It just
doesnt taste the same in the US.
3.Garlic chives from China. The ones in the Bay area are harvested when too old and tough.
3.Pavlova Cake Shells from Australia: The Australians have a fantastic national dessert called Pavlova. You can buy the cake shells which are a type of meringue and fill them with cream.
4.Australian butter: Australian butter is salted and yellow coloured unlike the US equivalents. There is no sweet taste.
5.Australian Cream: Australian cream is thick, rich and yellowish unlike the US equivalents. It is fatty but tastes good! My favorite is King Island Double cream from Tasmania. It is so thick it sits on the back of your spoon!
6. Coopers Red Ale from Australia:A small company makes this very tasty yeasty beer with plenty of caramel colour and flavour.
7.Ginger wine from Australia: Stones Green Ginger wine is an Australian staple for recreation and medicinal purposes. The hot sweet taste is addictive.
8.Milk Chocolate covered ginger from Australia: being in Asia Australians love to eat preserved ginger..Pink Lady produces a heavenly milk chocolate covered confection using Buderim's ginger, the best quality locally grown.
9. Australian Mangoes: the Queensland Bowen Mango is simply the tastiest, most fragrant mango you can ever eat....
If anyone sees any of this stuff please tell me!!