I trekked out to Hoo Hing (I think that's the name...) today to load up on goods for my Szechuan endeavor (which begins as soon as I finish the massive amount of left overs.) I'm going to try to make every or nearly every recipe in my newest cook book until I finish! I always do this when I get new cook books. So 2-3 weeks of Szechuan food!
Ok back to the real point of this post
Hoo Hing is by no means NYC China Town or Flushing and it is not as close to the tube as the map on their site would make you think! What it is, however, is the best Chinese store I've been to in the UK. They had most of what I needed though I really need a Szechuan owned store for some of it and the inability to find fava bean based chili bean paste was annoying.
Ok back to the topic again... Great market, nice selection and I would definitely like to have something closer and with a better selection (or at least more of what I need.) The prices are quite reasonable and their 12 pound deal on a case of Tsingtao (16 kilo case!) was a sight to behold (warmed my heart a bit before I realized I'm not carrying it back.) The live seafood section was decent and I was somewhat tempted by the crabs, but nothing spectacular. Overall it's a good market when you need specific specialties, sauces, etc and their prices on woks are quite good. It does not provide the basics (meat or ei.) well though. So basically I'll try to limit my trips there as much as possible and stick to my Brixton runs.
Please feel free to post other Chinese markets, especially Szechuan oriented ones..
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