I currently live in Brno, Czech Republic. While I love this city, I have not found many resources for the Asian or the Ashkenazi foods that I am used to in the US. Normally this doesn't bother me, as I enjoy the local foodstuffs very much and am content with it. However, two major holidays are fast approaching, the Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) and Passover ( yes, I know it's two months away but these things sneak up fast).
I've investigated both the Vietnamese market and the Japanese shop in town as well as made enquiries of local friends without much success for the things I have an annual craving for. (Have tried for the last two years without luck.)
In two weeks, I will go to Vienna for one day. Can anyone recommend any reasonably priced shops where I can find the ingredients for Lunar New Year? (Note I do not consider Julius Meinl "reasonably priced" .) New Year's Cake especially! Or restaurants that might offer some specialties for Lunar New Year? (Extra bonus would be a good Chinese BBQ place.)
And Passover? I don't require Kosher for Passover certification but at least some matzos, preferably egg. (Last year, I had to ask a visiting friend stationed in Italy to bring me a box from the base commissary. Alas, she is stationed elsewhere now.)
I've tried the Neumarkt in Vienna before, as well as the 2 or 3 asian groceries that are adjacent., which were OK, but culinarily a bit on the haphazard and small side. Are there better places to look?
One thing that makes this a challenge is that I will travel by either train or bus which means a 2 hour ride with limited refrigeration. ( I have a portable cooler that I normally take with me.)
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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