Food: Hong Kong (Discovery Bay)

I had no idea what to expect in Hong Kong for food and grocery stores. I was prepared for another big city with limited options of traditional grocery stores. However, after arriving to Discovery Bay I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really loved the community.  Discovery Bay is a little suburb oasis from the big city of Hong Kong. 

There were two main grocery stores in Discovery Bay; Fusion in the south plaza and Wellcome in the north plaza. They were both about the same size and both were about a 5-min walk from the house. For our initial stock up, we went to Wellcome, but I ended up going to Fusion more often.  I liked the meat and produce at Fusion a bit more, though Wellcome had slightly slower prices and wide selection of products from the USA.

Here’s my research data on Fusion:

  • 11 apple variety.
  • 19 packaged bread in the bread aisle, though the bakery always had fresh bread too. Decent variety, but it was often out of stock. 
  • 41 milk varieties in the refrigerated section. Milk was interesting for me in Discovery Bay, there were a ton of options; soy, almond, coconut, and cows milk. There were also English brands as well as Chinese brands (at least I think they were Chinese).  And there were several different size varieties, carts, pints, half gallons, etc.
  • 8 long aisles.

Here’s my research data on Wellcome:

  • 9 apple variety.
  • 13 packaged bread in the bread aisle, the bakery also had fresh bread. 
  • 45 milk varieties in the refrigerated section. As with Fusion, the milk section was huge. Lot of options and sizes.
  • 6 long aisles.

Other comments about food in Hong Kong:

  • Hong Kong was the first place I found “real” USA products.  In previous cities, I’ve products from the USA, but they were slightly different.  For example, Fruit Loops — we found Fruit Loops in Chiang Mai, but they tasted slightly different.  Same with Oreos or Chips Ahoy cookies, but in Hong Kong — it’s the real deal.  I picked up a box of Fruit Loops here in Hong Kong and the color was a little shocking! I haven’t seen real Fruit Loops in a really long time. And yes, I can taste the difference.
  • If you haven’t already, check out my check-in blog to see the kitchen set up in the Hong Kong House. The kitchen in Hong Kong was super tiny, extremely poorly stocked with supplies, and it wasn’t clean. Hong Kong is extremely expensive, so I committed to cooking, but I hated cooking every single minute in Hong Kong.
  • The product at both Fusion and Wellcome was interesting.  There were basically three different sections; first the “normal” product, second there was an “organic” section, and third there was a “local” section. The prices were wildly different across the three sections.  
  • Product pricing was super interesting. I learned very quickly to pay attention to the package and pricing.  There were several occasions where a “packaged deal” was much cheaper than the single product. For example, a three pack of toilet whips was $32, but a single pack was $17.  Of course, I got the three pack.
  • Hong Kong was probably one of the most expensive places we’ve been. Everything was expensive, not just the packaged goods, but everything. Grocery shopping was never quick. I always tried to go slow, pay attention to the prices, and make sure we got the best deal.

Here are some photos from the Fusion:

  

Here are a few products we found in Fusion … and yes, we purchased them!

^Where was this 2-months ago???

Here are some photos from the Wellcome:

 

Here are a few products we found in Wellcome … and yes, we purchased them!

^It’s worth mentioning that I pulled of Brownies in a toaster oven, which was nothing short of a miracle. 

^Yep, another toaster oven miracle!

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