Sunday, March 19, 2006

Chinatown is located in the neighbor Belgrano. It is extending over a few blocks and one can find almost everything from food to typical vegetables, restaurants, schools, a buddhist temple, supermarkets, stores specialized in soy products, salons, herbalist's shops and videoclubs. During the week-ends, the neighbor receives 15.000 visitors. Yesterday we decided to check it more in details especially the supermarkets. In mood for sushis, we stepped in one, and that's where I took the following pictures. First top picture shows a general view of the supermarket. Following clockwise, the pinkish "Preserved duck eggs" caught my attention 'cause of its packaging, the same with the packages for the 'Dry scallop laver soup' and finally the duck paws!! No idea what they use them for, could they use it in soups ? Well Lisi, I think you could help me here. If you know anything, share it with us ;) Well again Chinese supermarkets are a pure discovery, colorful, at least they are to me. As I walked back with my boyfriend, he suddendly told me: "Think about this, I'm Argentinian, you are French, we speak English together, and we eat Chinese food. How more international could we be?" and he was right :) Chinatown est situe dans le quartier Belgrano. Il s'etend sur qques pates de maison, on peut trouver presque tout: de la nourriture aux légumes typiques, restaurants, écoles, un temple bouddhiste, supermarchés, magasins spécialisés en produits de soja, salons, les magasins herboristes et videoclubs. Pendant les week ends, le quartier chinois recoit a peu pret 15.000 visiteurs. Hier nous avons decide d'y aller faire un saut et d'aller faire qques courses au supermarche. D'ou j'ai pris les photos publiees ci-dessous. En partant du haut et dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre: "les oeufs conservés de canard" rosâtres ont attire mon attention grace a son empaquetage, la meme chose avec les paquets pour "potage de coquilles saint-jacques sèches" (pardonnez la traduction car je n ai aucune idee de ce que c'est) et finalement des pates de canard!! Je ne sais pas a quoi elles servent, peut etre dans la soupe ? Je pense, Lisi, que tu peux nous aider. Si tu as une idee de ce que c'est, dis le nous ;) Bref, les supermarches chinois, tres colores, sont toujours une grande decouverte pour moi. En rentrant mon copain me dit tout d'un coup: "Penses-y, je suis Argentin, tu es Francaise, nous parlons Anglais ensemble et nous mangeons Chinois. Comment pourrions-nous être plus internationaux?" et il avait raison :)


Blogger Nicola said...

I agree with you on the packagings! Although I have no clue what they say, they're somewhat fascinating to me!

Nice story about you and A. - yes, you guys are indeed international (you forgot the part where you guys met which works well with your "international theme" as well!!) :).

3/19/2006 04:41:00 PM

Blogger Rob said...

Some interesting translations on the packets. Had no idea what Laver soup is but Google says it is "dried green algae".

Perhaps someone can give a bit more info.

3/19/2006 06:13:00 PM

Blogger Rob said...

Some interesting translations on the packets. Had no idea what Laver soup is but Google says it is "dried green algae".

Perhaps someone can give a bit more info.

3/19/2006 06:13:00 PM

Blogger Dean Harvey said...

hi - you'll have to let me know how you split the photo's up in one image...I love it...

3/19/2006 09:24:00 PM

Blogger Cynthia! said...

Karine have you been to the huge supermarktet with the tons of rice stapled in the first floor? I love chinatown and there are really new tastes to discover!!Great post!!!

3/19/2006 10:20:00 PM

Blogger midnitebara said...

very colorful.I like chinese food too, we have no chinatown here but there is a grocery that sells food from china and from other countries.

3/20/2006 04:17:00 AM

Blogger Lisi said... they use these things differs in various part of China..."laver" is a weird (or maybe wrong) translation, it is actually seaweed, the same thing Japanese use for sushi roll. The feet, southern Chinese used them for soup, or cook them in soya sauce. The soup is ok but I can't eat them.
Karine, are there many Chinese in BA?

3/20/2006 05:54:00 AM

Blogger Karine said...

Thanks all for your comments and more to you Lisi for your information. About the Chinese population I don't know exactly how big is the community, but what I can tell you (directly taken from Wikipedia) is that:
The first Asian-Argentines were of Japanese descent, but Koreans, Vietnamese, and Chinese soon followed. There are also smaller numbers of people from the Indian subcontinent.

3/20/2006 02:07:00 PM


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