Last Sunday we had Chen shi fu take us to the biggest and what is reputedly the best Carrefour in Shanghai to find all the things I need to cook, especially those items I would use for Chinese dishes like soy sauce, hoisin sauce, special vinegars, etc. As I’ve said before Carrefour leaves Walmart in the dust size wise, they’re usually a couple floors. So Chen shi fu (shi fu means that he has reached the master level of driving) dropped us off on the lower level and we went searching for a couple of things (I think it was trash bags-we were unsuccessful, again).
We then manuveured our cart up one of the moving ramps that are ubiquitous in all the big stores here and that just give me the willies (I don’t like the moving ramps in airports either and they stay horizontal!). Who do we see up at the top of the ramp but Chen Shi fu! He has come to push our cart!
The first part of our trip was pretty difficult because we were looking for all of these different ingredients and most of the bottles were in Chinese. Sometimes there would be an occasional English word on a random bottle like hoisin and you’d know you were in the right section. Then we discovered that there were small tags on the shelf written in tiny English.
But some things we still couldn’t find, so we whipped out our cell phones and typed it into our translate program and showed it to Chen shi fu and he asked someone. Sometimes we think he called his wife to ask where to look 🙂
Then we gave our brains a break and headed to the produce aisle. However, there’s a lot of items I don’t recognize in this section.
I couldn’t quite get the hang of having someone else push my cart and weigh my vegetables for me. I’d start to do it and then he would gently take the cart from me. We’ve had the same dance going on with the car too, especially if I happen to ride in the front seat. The middle door is automatic and he can open it from his seat. But if I happened to be in the front seat I would just open the door and hop out only to see him scurrying around the front of the car in an effort to get to the door first so that he could open it for me! It took me a couple of times before I got the hang of it and waited, but I have to admit it makes me feel a little silly. It’s not like he’s my boyfriend!
This is getting long so I’ll leave the last couple of pictures until another time. Don’t want to run out of things to post about! It was a hot one today, but the temps are supposed to start going down tomorrow and be in the 80’s next week, so that’ll be nice. Looks like it was pretty hot in Corning too, but it’s going to be nice all next week.