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Chinatown markets: Buy Tea in Chinatown
There are so many choices of tea that you can buy in Chinatown in Vancouver, Canada. If you are a tea drinker like me, the best place to buy the best kind of tea is in Chinatown. There are so many stores there that sells imported tea from China. You will find the Jasmine tea, green tea and other medicinal tea.
Most of the tin cans of these tea are especially designed, too. I sometimes collect them. I buy a lot because I am not sure when I get to go back to Vancouver again. I also buy tea as gifts to my friends.
What to buy: Chinese Tea
What to pay: From $4.00 to the more expensive kind of tea.
A trip to Vancouver is not complete without a shopping trip to China Town.
Here you can purchase anything from Chinese medicine to a wok. It's fun just to look around but try some of the delicasies that you can fin in some of the food shops.
What to buy: I found this was the cheapest place to buy Chinese cooking utensils and food.
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Somewhere in Chinatown: For that special ma la
Because of a ban on citrus products from certain countries, it can be tough to find huajiao in the US. Also known as Sichuan peppercorns, there has been some speculation about this ban being overturned but for the time being these are tough to come by. You can't buy them in big Asian markets like T&T but you can find them in small shops in Chinatown. They are not always labelled, so it helps to know what they look like. You cannot make proper Sichuan food without huajiao (trust me, I've been there), as they provide a unique ma la (numbing and burning) sensation. So if you're serious about Chinese food, hunt around in Chinatown for those most innocuous of contraband.
What to buy: Huajiao
What to pay: $2 for a large pack.
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