Where to find a certain item in Metro Manila? It's a question every Manileño has asked at one point or another. Manila is a world city and has most of the things you'd want in its markets but it also has well-travelled citizens who are knowledgeable and demanding. The following is a list of some everyday items common in other parts of the world that are rarer in the Philippines and where to find them in Manila.
Brown bean sauce or yellow bean sauce is a relatively common ingredient in Southern Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine. It was seen in Makati Supermarket and in Shoppers' Mart on Ongpin.Where to buy brussel sprouts in Manila?
Brussel sprouts were seen at Säntis Delicatessen.Where do I buy conpoy in Manila?
Conpoy refers to dried scallops. It is a specialty ingredient in Chinese cuisine used in X.O. sauce and generally more upscale dishes. It was seen in Bee Tin Grocery on Ongpin.Where do I buy red fermented beancurd in Manila?
Red fermented bean curd is a relatively common ingredient in Chinese cuisine. It was seen in Shopper's Mart on Ongpin and Metro Supermarket.Who sells red rice vinegar in Manila?
Red rice vinegar is a relatively common ingredient in Chinese cuisine. It was seen in South Supermarket and in Bee Tin Grocery on Ongpin.Where do I find Sichuan chili bean paste in Manila?
Sichuan chili bean paste / chili bean sauce / tobanjiang / doubanjiang is a key ingredient in Sichuan cuisine and dishes like ma po tofu. Unfortunately there are many variations of chili paste on supermarket shelves which can make choosing an authentic Sichuan version confusing. Needless to say the most common Lee Kum Kee version is lackluster. Look for Pixian chili bean paste made of chilies and broad (fava) beans that have a dark maroon hue and have labels showing three tilted green squares. It was seen in Ongpin stores and Metro Supermarket.Where to get Sichuan pepper in Manila?
Sichuan pepper, Szechwan pepper, or fagara is a relatively common ingredient in Chinese cuisine. It was seen in Bee Tin Grocery on Ongpin.Where can I buy trout in Manila?
Trout is an edible fish that is non-native to the Philippines. It was seen available at Säntis Delicatessan.Where to buy wheat starch in Manila?
Wheat starch is a relatively common ingredient in Chinese cuisine. It is sometimes called ting powder / flour or cheng powder. It was seen in the international section of Metro Supermarket and in Bee Tin Grocery on Ongpin.
Borax is a chemical compound with multiple uses. It can be used as a household cleaner, insecticide, or welding flux. The most obvious places to look for it are in hardware stores and drugstores. Unfortunately, during actual attempts to find it, most of the places visited said that they did not carry it or were currently out-of-stock. A closely related compound boric acid powder was found in an imported American insecticide formulation called Roach Prufe at True Value Hardware but was probably twice as expensive than a locally sourced supply. True Value eventually stocked another cheaper brand.The following have advertised selling borax:
Chemical Solutions Trading (63910) 687-8913, (63933) 251-4358, (632) 983-3240 Novaliches, Quezon City Clean and Scented / Yesh-Elo Trading http://www.cleanscented.com (632) 416-5947, (632) 330-6840 327 Roosevelt Ave., Munoz, Quezon City / 2/F LRT Northmall, Monumento, Caloocan Giga Macro Enterprises Co. Ltd. http://gigamacroenterprises.webs.com (632) 309-2089, (632) 309-2098, (632) 309-2018 314 Barraca St., Binondo, Manila The following have been mentioned as carrying it: Alysons' Chemical Enterprises http://www.alysonschemical.com 1425 G. Araneta Ave. (near Del Monte Ave.), Quezon City (632) 712-2266 Crismon Enterprises 1333 Rizal Ave., Sta Cruz, Manila (Near Bambang LRT Station) (632) 711-6403, (632) 711-7340 RB Chemodities Marketing 1221 Rizal Ave., Sta. Cruz, Manila