One of the first things I like to do when I go to a different country is to check their supermarkets.
I love to walk on the aisles, looking at all the different vegetables, fruits and products. I feel like a kid, exploring a new world, full of wonders. I find so interesting, how dramatically our diets can change depending on the place we live.
From tropical fruits in Brazil to street food such as fried breaded whole crab in China. I still have no clue how someone can eat this crab in the middle of the street.
Today is getting easier to find almost everything, everywhere, but, depending of where you live, you will have more options of that same product or not, it all depends on the popularity of it.
In Brazil for example, we just looove our pão de queijo ( cheese bread). You can find fresh-out-of-the oven ones, almost in every supermarket or bakery in Brazil.
Little baguettes is a must in every brazilian breakfast table, and we like it fresh as well.
Most of Brazilians have a very sweet tooth. We love cakes (always moist please), chocolate, pastries, fruits and of course ice cream and popsicles, to help us with the Brazilian heat.
Brazilians drinks more beer than milk ( for real), and they also love their meat: pork, beef, chicken, you name it, everything they need to make amazing churrasco ( barbecue).
In China it is said, that you need seven necessities to begin a day: Firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegar and tea. After learning that I understood why the vinegar/sauce/oil area in the supermarket is soo big.
They have so many types of soy sauce and vinegar that is hard to choose from.
Tea is big part of the Chinese daily life. There is over 3.000 teahouses in Shanghai.
Tea in China can drastically varies in price, it depends what you are looking for. Here you can find from crappy tea bags to first grade loose leaf tea and also beautiful flowers infusions. They even have tea tastings on supermarkets around town.
Dumplings, noodles and buns are on the list of the most popular food in China, no wonder why, I got so addicted to them. They are simply delicious.
Shanghaineses love their meat, specially pork and duck. You can find a lot of take out restaurants around town selling only pork or only poultry with different sauces for every taste. I’ve seen lines that went around the block.
Chinese diet also tend to have a lot of fruits, dark green leafs, and mushrooms which are so cheap to buy.
Fruits shops like this one are everywhere in the city.
Which foods do you like best?