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After a few years living in China, most things that amazed/annoyed me during my first months here are now normal events in my life and I don’t think about them too much: kids yelling “hallo”, people staring at me, crowded subways, crazy traffic, Chinese people insisting on speaking English to me even though I reply in Chinese…

在中國生活了幾年之后,大多數在我來中國的頭幾個月里會讓我感到煩惱的事情,現在都成了我生活中司空見慣的事情:孩子們大喊“你好”,人們盯著我看,擁擠的地鐵,瘋狂的交通,即使我用中文回復,中國人仍然堅持對我說英語...



But there is one daily activity that still feels tremendously exciting: going to the supermarket.

但是有一種日常活動讓人感到非常興奮:那就是去超市購物。

My Shanghai-based friend Y. hates going to the supermarket so she orders all of her groceries online and has them delivered home. While this is very convenient and I have sometimes done it (mainly when I was working), I prefer going to the supermarket, walking along every aisle, looking at all the products on display. touching everything and comparing prices before finally making my mind up.

我在上海的朋友Y.討厭去超市,所以她選擇在網上訂購所有的日用品,然后讓人送貨到家。雖然這很方便,而且我有時也這樣做(主要是在工作的時候),但我更喜歡去超市,逛完每一條過道,看看展示的所有商品。在我最終下定決心之前,我每一樣都會看一下,然后比較價格。

C. is not very happy about this. He doesn’t like crowded places and supermarkets are invariably full of people, specially during weekends. So when I go with him, I try to get everything as fast as I can. If I go alone, I will take my time.

C.對此不是很高興。他不喜歡擁擠的地方,而超市總是擠滿了人,特別是在周末。所以當我和他一起去的時候,我會盡可能快地買完所有的東西。但如果我是一個人去,我會慢慢地逛。

There are several supermarkets in our area. Some of them are pretty Chinese but we also have a couple of imported foods supermarkets (expensive, of course!). The closest biggest supermarket is Auchan, called 歐尚 oushang in Chinese. A few weeks ago I went there in the morning, so it wouldn’t be too crowded, and wandered around for a couple of hours, mainly taking pictures with my phone. Because there are a lot of weird and amazing things in Chinese supermarkets.

我們所在的地區有幾家超市。其中一些是中國超市,但也有一些進口食品超市(當然價格很貴!)。最近最大的超市是Auchan,中文叫做歐尚超市。幾個星期前,我選擇在早上去了那里,這樣就不會太擁擠。我在那里逛了幾個小時,主要是在用我的手機拍照,因為在中國的超市里有很多奇怪和令人驚奇的東西。

– Dozens of different flavours for instant noodles

1.方便面有幾十種不同的口味

I think I had eaten instant noodles a couple of times before coming to China. Spanish people don’t eat them frequently (I’d say only poor students would try them), but they can be found in supermarkets, although the variety is not great. In China, instant noodles are a must when you are a student and don’t have money to buy better food (or you prefer spending it on other things, like alcohol and cigarrettes). Instant noodles are also widely eaten when you are traveling, specially during train journeys. In this supermarket there is a whole aisle full of different brands and flavours, ranging from spicy beef to seafood.



– Dried everything

4.所有的東西都能做成干貨

Chinese people love munching dried stuff: fish, squid, meat, fruits… Basically anything can be dried and sold in supermarkets!

中國人喜歡吃干貨:魚、魷魚、肉、水果...基本上任何東西的干貨都可以在超市里買到!

– Rice in bulk

5.散裝大米

Chinese people eat a lot of rice, so the bags for sale in supermarkets are huge. If you don’t eat much rice, your only option is to buy imported ones in smaller packages (expensive!) or buy in bulk whatever amount you need. The downside to this is that probably everyone in the supermarket has touched your rice: people love sinking their hands in the containers!

中國人要吃很多大米,所以超市里賣的都是大袋的大米。如果你吃的大米不多,你唯一的選擇就是購買小包裝的進口大米(那會很貴!)或者購買散裝大米,需要多少就買多少。不過這樣做的缺點是,可能超市里的每個人的手都接觸過你的大米:人們喜歡把手伸進容器里!

There are many more things I didn’t take pictures of. The crazy flavours of potato chips (lobster, cucumber,Italian beef…), the thousands of different cookies, the glass jars with strange sauces I’ve never tried, the cooking oils made from many different things (in Spain we just use olive and sunflower oil)… I discover new things with every visit to the supermarket!

還有很多東西我沒有拍下來。各種口味的薯片(龍蝦、黃瓜、意大利牛肉...),成千上萬種不同的餅干,裝有我從未嘗試過的奇怪醬汁的玻璃罐子,用許多不同的東西制成的烹飪油(在西班牙,我們只吃橄欖油和葵花籽油)...每次去超市,我都會發現新的東西!

What about you? Do you like going to buy groceries in person or do you prefer buying everything online? If you have lived in more than one country, do you find supermarkets very different in each place?

你呢?你喜歡親自去超市購物還是喜歡在網上購物?如果你在不止一個國家生活過,你是否發現每個國家的超市都有很大的不同呢?