London's best Chinese food shops

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The best places in London to buy ingredients for a Chinese meal worthy of an emperor, from sashimi-grade fish to chicken feet, as well as some essential oriental cookware

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    Oriental City Supermarket

    Good Harvest Fish Market

    The closest to a Chinese ‘wet market’ you’ll get in London, selling live seafood from garoupa (grouper) to razor clams and shrimps. It doesn’t get any fresher than this – perfect for a steamed fish dinner.Good Harvest Fish Market, 65 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LH (020 7734 4900) Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube. Open daily 11am-7pm.

    Oriental City Supermarket

    One of the best in London, and sadly one that won’t be around for much longer – the expected closing date for Oriental City is summer 2008, with the much-loved centre being demolished to make room for a home furnishings store and housing. Any ingredient or kitchen equipment you could ever need is sold here, from fresh sashimi-grade fish to countless varieties of culinary essentials such as soy sauce and more obscure items such as lotus leaves (used for wrapping food to be steamed). Oriental City Supermarket, Oriental City, 399 Edgware Rd, NW9 0JJ (020 8200 0009) Colindale tube. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12noon-6pm.

    Loon Fung

    Their motto is ‘For the Chinese in you’, and Loon Fung is currently the only Chinese supermarket in Chinatown to have a butcher’s counter – perfect for buying things such as pork shin bones, various offal and chicken feet. Loon Fung, 42-44 Gerrard St, W1D 5QG (020 7437 7332/www.loonfung.com) Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube. Open daily 10am-8.30pm.

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    New Loon Moon

    New Loon Moon

    Don’t be fooled by its small entrance – New Loon Moon is a labyrinth brimming with essential oriental produce, such as fresh gai lan, juicy ‘crystal pears’, and even tiny Thai aubergines. The back room sells vital kitchen utensils at low prices, from bamboo steamers of various sizes to clay pots (for braising), woks, and chinaware.New Loon Moon, 9 Gerrard St, W1D 5PL (020 7734 3887) Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube. Open daily 10.30am-8pm.

    Oriental Delight

    This bright and cheery corner store sells the perennial oriental favourites, from Vita Soy Milk to Nissin instant noodles. The ground floor stocks quick snacks and sweets, while the basement houses Korean and Japanese staples alongside Chinese products. Oriental Delight, 14 Gerrard St, W1D 5PT (020 7439 1183) Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube. Open daily 10am-11pm.

    See Woo Hong

    See Woo has a great selection of fresh vegetables and fishballs. It also stocks plenty of ingredients imported from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. The same owners run See Café in Paddington Basin, a contemporary café and deli that serves a good variety of MSG-free food. See Woo Hong, 18-20 Lisle St, WC2H 7BE (020 7439 8325/www.seewoo.com) Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube. Open daily 10am-8pm.
    See Café, 4D Praed St, W2 1XJ (020 7724 7358) Paddington tube/rail. Open Mon 11am-6pm, Tues-Sat 11am-10pm.

    Wing Tai Supermarket

    A south-east London gem, Wing Tai provides the local oriental community with a large range of Chinese and oriental products. Highlights include top-grade Thai fragrant rice, fresh fish and seasonal fruits.Wing Tai Supermarket, Unit 11a, Aylesham Centre, Rye Lane, SE15 5EW (020 7635 0714) Peckham Rye rail/bus 12, 36, 37, 63, 171, 177, P12, P13. Open Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.

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Chandra
Chandra

Hello, I have been in London only from 6 month but I'm looking for Chinese supermarket [everything like (any type of cream,cloths,foods,kitchen things more etc.)]which is we can find in same building. I know the long fung & new loon moon but there is more food item then so narrow place. Especially I was looking for best Chinese/Korean/Thai beauty product & medical in central London can you please guide me. I know this is about the food but If you please help me for this I will be so glade. Thank you so much,God blasé Asia.

Sheba
Sheba

Doe anyone know where I can buy Oriental ingredients and woks and bamboo steamers in EAST London Thanks

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Attila
Attila

Hi, I`m looking for a chinese store in London where I can buy fresh or dried sherk fin.Anyone can help me?Thanx

Dee
Dee

I am also looking for fresh Mangosteen in London, can anyone recommend a place to get them from?

Kevin215
Kevin215

I just wanna buy a freakin WOK for a tenner that dont have no teflon in it and dont cost 70 quid because jamie oliver has put his signature on it. I also wanna buy ShaoXing Rice Wine kinda hard to find in Herts, any ideas, peace. Kevin

Chris Perkins
Chris Perkins

Does anyone know of an Indonesian shop or other in London which sells Indonesian products?

Kachie
Kachie

Does anyone know where I can get baked sweet chestnuts from? They come foil packed. I have gotten some from Japan in the past and have been to Japanese stores around town but was told that they are more of a Chinese snack. I have had no luck so far.

Lucia Gaggiotti
Lucia Gaggiotti

Hello everybody, I'm looking for Mangosteen fruits, does anybody know where I can find them? Thanks! x

alif
alif

hi pierre, you could order tempeh starter online from tempehinfo.net or kedaiperantau.blogspot.com. both gives excellent result. good luck

pierre
pierre

I live close to sevenoaks in kent and would like to make my own tempeh. problem is i cant find a shop that sells tempeh starter. Can anyone advise me of where i can get this product tempeh starter from? Thanks in advance. pierre

Naj
Naj

Could anyone tell me where i can get fresh lotus leaves from. I live in yorkshire ? thankyou

Charmaine
Charmaine

Hi Anita, See Wo on Lisle Street sells big bags of dried kaffir lime leaves the last time I checked. They should be near the fresh vegetable section at the entrance. Otherwise New Loon Moon has lots of Thai produce in the small room off to the left of the main shop.

Anita
Anita

Does anyone know a store in London that sells Kaffir lime leaves which are used in Thai cooking? Oriental stores I have been to in London don't carry them. Even if they are sold frozen that is good cause they hold up well to freezing.

Artour
Artour

Where can I buy real raw Indonesian tempeh in London please? Thanks! P.S. So far I've managed to find only organic neo-hippy fakes that look like blocks of vacuum-packed goobers.

Shar
Shar

That's the problem. There are so many recipes on th Internet, I do not know what would be the best one. I would not want to go through all that ttoble to end up with something that does not taste like kimchi. LOL Any suggestions on the best recipes?

Morgan
Morgan

Shar, Your best bet for Kimchi is in the Seoul Plaza stores. They have stores in New Malden, Cambridge and Golders Green if you're ever in those areas. If all else fails there are plenty of recipes online to make your own with. It's pretty easy and fun too!

Shar
Shar

I live in Leicestershire, between Leicester and Loughborough. Can you please tell me if there are any Korean food store near where I live. I moved to England some years ago, and miss my food, like cabbage kimchi, and do not know where I can buy it here. I have been trying to find a Korean shop for 9 years now, so I hope you can help. Thanks. Shar