在英國如何找到喜歡的台灣蔬菜 If you go to most of the UK’s big name supermarkets there aren’t so many of the vegetables that you have loved in your food from being brought up in Taiwan. So where do you go to find your favourite vegetables? And what are the best places to buy Chinese vegetables in the UK? Let’s look through the options;
Vegetables that are easy to find and cheap are;
Beansprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Chinese leaf, regular Mushrooms, Onions, Spring Onions, Green Beans, Peas, Celery, Leeks, Turnips.
Vegetables that are easy to find but not cheap;
Marrow, Egg Plant (Aubergines), Peppers, Spinach, Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Pak Choi (Spoon Vegetable).
Vegetables that are hard to find in any English supermarkets;
Other kinds of mushrooms, Mooli (Daikon radish), Karayla, Okra, Bitter Melon (AKA Bitter Cucumber), Choy Sum, Winter Melon, Chinese Celery & FRESH Bamboo Shoots. Here are a few pictures pictures of these vegetables.
After a while living in the UK you will start to crave some of the vegetables above and be bored of the standard UK supermarket range available to you. Luckily there are a few alternatives available to you, to help you find either vegetables that are oddly expensive in the large supermarkets or not even available.
The first alternative is to find your nearest Chinese Supermarket. You will find they stock nearly all the hard to find vegetables above. We do find these very expensive though, they know the vegetables you can’t find in the large supermarkets and they charge a lot of money because of that!
Secondly there are other Asian supermarkets/greengrocers. You may well find that a shop aimed at Indian and Pakistani peoples have a lot of similar vegetables and tend to be cheaper than the Chinese supermarkets for the same things. The biggest minorities in the UK are Indian and Pakistani so they have a more competitive range of vegetable shops I think.
Finally and our favourite place to get a great variety of vegetables at the cheapest price is to go to a Market. Most good sized towns in the UK have a Market. They are like the Day Markets in Taiwan. The Market makes it easy for people to rent a stall, tax etc is a lot less than owning a shop. Make sure the market you want to go to is open on the day you choose to visit though, many of the markets don’t open every day!
We live near Warrington but our favourite market is 25 minutes drive away in Bolton. It’s only open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
We only go once a month or so, but it’s worth it to stock up on all the hard to find or expensive-at-the-supermarket veggies. There is a great range to choose from and several competing stalls to keep prices down! Most of the ‘foreign’ vegetables are in the stalls on the pictured side of the market above. Go through this door and look left or right for lots of interesting fruit and vegetables.
Parking in Bolton at the market is quite cheap as it’s £1 for 1 hour, or £2 for 2 hours. The ticket machine is a bit weird as you have to type in your car number plate first! For us the only numbers on the car are “05”, so that’s what we type in and then insert the coins.
So we think this is a lot better than Warrington Market, even though Warrington Market is open every day the vegetable stores have little more than the supermarkets. In fact where there was once two competitors there is now only one, who bought out the other shop. It’s well worth a trip to Bolton for us. That’s about the best and closest in our opinion. I know there are just as good if not better markets further away like in Bury and also in Leeds there is a very good one.
What is your favourite market? Please share it in the comments below, or tell us in the Chat section!