Last week, I went with my friends to the Mercado del Abastos in Guadalajara. The Abastos is a large(and I mean LARGE) wholesale and retail market. It spans for many, many blocks and is where you can find and buy all kinds of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, imported goods, dry goods, baking supplies, well you get the idea. Its like Costo but with way more stuff and way bigger.
Well, the last few times I went, I was pretty happy because there is one vegetable stand that carries chinese vegetables like choi sum, gai lan, mustard green, shanghai bak choi, and the usual daikon and napa cabbage. Its hit or miss on what I find each time I go, but its a nice surprise everytime I go.
This last week, according to my friends, I was "positively glowing" because there was a new shop that carried all kinds of Chinese dry goods! And, for most items, I don't have to take out a mortgage to afford to buy them. They had chinese dried shrimp, mushrooms, pickled vegetables, chinese sausage, chinese bacon, jasmin rice, glutinous rice, rice flour, sweet rice flour and the list goes on. I was like a kid in the candy store with too many choices. Good thing I had extra cash!
Just in time for Chinese New Year. Right now, I have some pork belly marinading in the fridge. Tomorrow, we're having roast pork with the crispy crackling skin with hoisin sauce. Yum, yum!
Happy New Year and Kung Hei Fat Choy!!!