A cheap, cheerful, and abundantly supplied Chinese supermarket in Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
After realising that ‘foreign’ produce, or anything remotely spicy is very overpriced in Parisian supermarkets (2,50€ for coconut milk, no thank you Monoprix), or just impossible to find (‘quel est “chilli”?’), I spent the first few weeks here on the hunt for somewhere to buy exotic cooking ingredients at reasonable prices.
I came across this bright, clean Chinese supermarket by chance on my way to a bar one night, and couldn’t resist popping in. What a wise decision I made. This place is perfection: every kind of noodle you could ever want, both dried and fresh, for between 1-3€; chilli sauces and pastes of many varieties; spices for prices much cheaper than any French brand; towering bottles of Kikkoman soy sauce; a whole aisle dedicated to a fragrant selection of Chinese teas; at least 10 different types of coconut milk… I could go on and on.
Aside from the candy-shop rows of dried and packaged produce, there is also a leafy fresh fruit and veg section just by the entrance of store, with an orchard of pak choi reigning down from layered shelves and mammoth packets of beansprouts neatly piled up, ample enough to feed a lunchtime sitting at any Chinese restaurant. If you wander towards the back of the store you come across the meat and fish counters, and, facing them, gleaming woks, ramen bowls, chopsticks, and other Asian homewares.
What more could they do? Not only can you buy the ingredients here but also the utensils with which to cook and eat them. As I say, perfection.
5 Rue de l’Échiquier
+33 1 71 27 31 70