Chinese Supermarkets in Dubai
Do you get bored shopping at your regular supermarket? I certainly do and so was delighted to find an amazingly authentic Chinese supermarket in Dubai’s International City.
Where exactly is the Chinese Supermarket in Dubai?
The Wen Zhou supermarket is located in the China Cluster in Dubai’s International City near Dragon Mart. It’s building number A03 – Contact mobile number given is : +97150 203 2168
What did I buy at the Chinese supermarket in Dubai?
I bought fresh Kai Lan (Chinese broccoli) Choi Sum and Pak Choi all at around Dhs 3 to Dhs 5 per bunch, a fraction of what I’d normally pay. I also got a large packet of fresh brown noodles, some ready fried tofu, steamed chicken won tons for soup and all manner of baked rice snack items for school munchies; I even found some rice baked sweet snacks similar to chocolate but much lighter. I wasn’t brave enough to try some of the more exotic and painfully authentic ingredients such as the chicken’s feet or sheep’s tongue but steer clear of these more squeamish items and you still have a huge, well stocked shop that boasts fresh ingredients regularly flown in sensibly priced.
Is the Chinese Supermarket user friendly?
I loved it and will be back for more. While most of the items for sauces and pastes and packets are in Chinese, there are some Indian workers who can speak to you in English. Do visit and mention Monica from DoinDubai.
and to Eat ?
Most of DoinDubai’s outings are combined with a meal so after shopping at the Chinese supermarket in Dubai I was taken to Quan Jude, a very authentic Roast Duck café whose speciality was yes, roast duck with pancakes. We were privileged enough to be given some slivers of crispy duck skin that apparently are best eaten dipped in sugar! We then had the traditional roast duck with some homemade pancakes and accompaniments of spring onions and cucumber.
We also tried some geranium leaves vegetable in Oyster sauce and a very unusual bitter gourd (Karela in Hindi) and egg dish. Chef Lee and his Auntie work together in the café and it seems to have already established a good reputation as the little eaterie had a number of local Chinese and some tourists. Don’t expect any frills at this basic café at all, there is a small English menu, although very little English is spoken, prices are very reasonable and the food is incredibly authentic so it may not be what you’re used to!
The simple café is run by Chef Lee, it has been open about 6 months (as of the April 2013 post) now. Opening times are from 12pm lunch times till midnight, except for Wednesdays when they open after 6pm in the evening.
Where is Quan Jude located?
Do mention you came on Monica from DoinDubai’s recommendation.
The very authentic Beijing Duck Café called Quanjude is in cluster F building number 08 – a mobile contact is +97150 551 1508
Cool shopping and authentic eats at Dubai’s international city. Do let me know if you have a favourite and as yet undiscovered restaurant you’d like me to review, and please share this post as usual.
Little Fat Sheep is another authentic and very popular Chinese restaurant in International City.