A new supermarket has opened in Blackpool, and its got everything from Thai food to Japanese food.
When it comes to your weekly food shop, or even working out what you’re going to cook for dinner, things can get pretty uninspiring.
As you stalk down the aisles of your chosen supermarket, you’re probably chucking the same old ingredients into your trolley wondering what you can do to get excited about dinner time again. Sometimes a chicken madras isn’t enough to spice up your week.
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Thankfully, a new supermarket has joined one of Blackpool’s blocks – and its here to save you from any culinary concerns dominating your shopping list.
CHUNG WAH, chinese supermarket and cash and carry, opened to the public on October 3.
It is on Mowbray Drive, Plymouth Road and is said to cater for all your oriental needs and is open every day, except for Saturdays.
We headed down to the restaurant wholesaler to see what was on offer and get a look inside of the supermarket.
As someone who has never ventured down to the industrial estate on Plymouth Road, I was at first taken back by CHUNG WAH’s exterior.
There’s really nothing of note around it, luckily they have some massive signs to navigate its shoppers through the surrounding depots, but after parking the car it was pretty clear. Nice little supermarket, relatively hidden away, with a line of trolleys outside.
Inside, there’s four aisles filled with stock, three fridges, three freezers and a load of utensils for shoppers to choose from.
CHUNG WAH’s stock was impressive too, there really wasn’t much that they didn’t offer.
They had Rice Balls, Spring Pancakes, Bao buns, Paratha, an endless amount of sauces and an entire freezer dedicated to Gyoza.
They also had an entire freezer dedicated to frozen fish. And another for vegetarian frozen goods.
CHUNG WAH really is the place to be for instant noodle fans. They had a wide range of different brands and flavours, and you really start to feel like you should probably branch out from your usual chicken noodles and instead opt for the endlessly-exciting sounding Seafood Party flavour instead.
Its also a great option for those looking to make anything from scratch. The second aisle was filled with sauces, spices, coconut milk and tinned goods – things that are either limited or extortionately priced at other supermarkets.
Their range of sweet stuff, including Mochi, was also of wide variety and sat beside an aisle filled with utensils like woks, sieves and chopsticks.
What was most impressive for me was the amount they offered as a vegetarian alternative. There were things I had genuinely never heard of before, like a vegetarian cod fillet or a vegetarian Siew Mai, all priced between £1.99 and £5. They also had a 500g bag of vegan chicken slices for £7.80.
We spent £21.49 in total, and whilst our small shop is unlikely to indicate the variety of individually priced items, it gives some idea of what to expect when shopping in store.
Sriracha Mayo Chilli Sauce, 455ml – £3.50
Pack of Mushroom noodles, 780g – £3.30
X2 Instant Noodle packs – £1.18 (59p each)
Cheesy crisps, 50g – £1.29
Poppadoms, 200g – £1.55
Vegetable Gyoza, 600g – £4.89
Ice Tea, 500ml – 99p
A jar of Chilli Garlic paste, 368g – £2.39
A pack of X2 fresh buns – £2.20
Admittedly, this shop was merely cupboard filling, but we left the store proud of our purchases and especially excited to have a go at frying our own poppadoms.
I think CHUNG WAH is a great thing for Blackpool, and for anyone looking to get excited about cooking again.
Whatever you’re looking to cook, and wherever you feel inspired to cook from, CHUNG WAH probably has the extra bits you need to master the dish.
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