After trying for the first time in my life Ba Wan in Yuen-Yuen, Suanne and I decided to drop by Kuo Hua on the way back home. We wanted to come here to buy pre-packaged Ba Wan to try at home. It was 4SlicesofCheese who told us that Kuo Hua carries it in the new refrigeration sections that they had installed.
I don’t think many people who doesn’t live in Richmond knows about Kuo Hua. I could be wrong. This is even though they are located on No 3 Road just next to the Real Canadian Superstore.
Kuo Hua is one of many Asian supermarkets in Richmond. Can you name all of them? Let me try:
- T&T in President Plaza: Undoubtedly the most well-known of all supermarkets which had recently been sold to the Real Canadian Superstore
- Osaka in Yaohan Center: Affiliated with T&T; it’s like T&T with a Japanese twist.
- Rice World on Garden City: Mostly products from Mainland China
- Big Crazy on No 3 Road: Mostly products from Mainland China
- There are many smaller ones like Supermarket 2000 on Union Square, Great One and Wah Shang on Park Road, Empire Supermarket on Empire Square, City Fresh on Ackroyd, Grand Value Asian Supermarket on Westminster Hwy (across Richmond Public Market) and Jia-Jia (various locations).
Kuo Hua is new and different from all others. For one, they sell products exclusively from Taiwan. Kuo Hua is certainly a supermarket that resonates with the Taiwanese community.
I once assumed that Kuo Hua is a chain of supermarkets from Taiwan. However it is not. It is very Canadian, having started their business in Markham, ON. However, this store in Richmond is their flagship store. Quite bold of an Ontario company opening a store in Richmond, huh?
Once you step into Kuo Hua, you will notice a big difference. It is bright. It is very clean and the aisle is very wide. What I like especially is that they are constantly arranging the shelves so that it look neat and tidy. There is also an absence of smell! LOL!
It is definitely enjoyable shopping here.
We immediately headed to the newly installed refrigeration section. We looked high and low for Ba Wan but nyada … we can’t find any. We looked twice. Maybe they sold out already. [Hi 4SlicesofCheese, it was the fridges on the right side of the supermarket right?]
So we ended up picking a few simple stuff.
The Traditional Pork Stew Sauce is awesome. We just had this in Yuen-Yuen ( here). Now we can make it at home which Suanne did a few days ago.
It was very good and I thought that the home made version with this sauce was better than the version we had in Yuen Yuen. The sauce is a bit thicker than Yuen-Yuen’s.
It is simple to make. Just fry some … shallots with minced pork and then add the above sauce. That’s it. Yum … am looking forward to more simple “jhup and rice” the next little while … until I get sick and tired of it.
These cookies looked delicious and the packaging looked so big too. When we got back and opened it up, we found that each of the five different types of cookies are individually packed in smaller packages.
It was quite good. I have a couple of this stashed in my office drawer in case I need a snack.
We don’t see a lot of Bah Kut Teh flavoured instant noodles. So we bought it to try. I don’t think it will be any good seriously. Most instant noodles doesn’t taste like what they say it will. Most, not all. Let’s see if this is really BKT flavoured.
Bah Kut Teh is popular also in Taiwan, not just Singapore and Malaysia. We had always used the Malaysian brands but wanted to see what the Taiwanese one taste like. Hehehe … I don’t think it will measure up to the Malaysian version.
There are generally two type of BKT mixes. One type will contain the actual herbs and some will have grounded ones in a spice bag. This one felt like the ones with real herbs.
Here is one of those BKT that Suanne makes at home.
We finally found this! We had been looking for this for ages ever since Siao Ching made this during a picnic. This is used to make the refreshing winter melon drink.
Suanne had been looking for this in the Chinese Herbal Stores but couldn’t find it. We now know where to get this. Try this … you will like it.
But we have not tried this yet. You see, Suanne always buy and buy and buy stuff and then she stashes it in her store and forgets about it. So this post is a reminder for her. [Honey … ahem!]
Nanzaro loves crispy chili oil. When he is hungry at home he will quietly make his own fried rice. He will always add chili oil to spice it up. And he doesn’t go around asking the family if we want any. He will quietly fry the rice and when we finds out and pop our heads into the kitchen, he will shout “go away!”. He knows we are there to steal some from him. If he is in a happy mood, yeah, he will share … but that is rare.
We bought this for Nanzaro and guess what … he refused to use it. We were very surprised. He told us he doesn’t want this because of the word “soy” on the bottle!
Anyway, Kuo Hua has a website here but it is in Chinese. Go check out this place when you are around the area. I think you will like Kuo Hua.