EWS Field Trip: Wholesale Food Market

As I am putting the finishing touches on my guidebook (hopefully available in August!), my friend Diana and I have been hitting the pavement, snapping shots of food resources around town.  I got the tip from Sheila Wong, the awesome new editor at Shanghai Family, to check out the wholesale food market, located at 1255 Lianhua Lu in Minhang District. 

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It is kind of a schlep, but you can really get some good deals on both local and imported food.  It reminded me of a local Costco, meaning you may want to go in with a friend to split some of the food service-sized packaging.  For example, I scored a package of 62 slices of American cheese for 32rmb.  Other impressive items included a tub of mascarpone cheese for 56rmb, giant bottles of olive oil for 28rmb and 12 giant bottles of Budweiser for 54rmb. 

 

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Local items, such as chillis, chestnuts, dried fruit, grains, pinenuts, and of course, rice, were plentiful and super cheap.   

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I don’t even know what kind of mushrooms these were, but they look tasty.  Bring your foodie friends and let me know what you find.