What to buy in Sapa? Asian groceries!


I visit the Prague market Sapa several times a year. Two stops are always clear. The best bún chả in Prague and also grocery shopping at department store Tamda Foods and other small retailers. Asian cuisine is very quick to prepare and especially with pre-prepared flavored pastes, you can conjure up great Asian food at home in 10 minutes. So if you are thinking about what to buy in Sapa, try to bring groceries and ingredients for home cooking with you. You won’t be disappointed!

Ngom Lam brand pad thai seasoning paste

Pad Thai is a popular Thai dish with stir-fried meat, noodles, and peanuts. I add broccoli to the dish to have some vegetables in it. With the mixture, you have a meal ready in 10 minutes and you will enjoy it incredibly. I always have to have this paste in stock at home, I have tried other pad thai pastes, but this one tastes the best. My item no. 1 in every purchase of Asian groceries. One package costs about 60 CZK (2.40 EUR).

Ngom Lam brand pad thai seasoning paste
Ngom Lam brand pad thai seasoning paste

Cock brand tom kha kai soup seasoning paste

From the paste, you can easily prepare the popular Thai soup, just add meat and coconut milk. A wonderfully flavored non-spicy blend of herbs and spices, including lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves. Tom Kha Kai soup is known for its balance of sweet, sour, and spicy taste with a distinctive aroma of coconut milk. One package costs about 50 CZK (2 EUR).

Cock brand tom kha kai soup seasoning paste
Cock brand tom kha kai soup seasoning paste

Asian Home Gourmet brand seasoning pastes

AHG is my favorite manufacturer of ready-made spice and herb mixtures in paste form. They offer pastes for the most famous dishes from Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and other Asian cuisines. My favorites are Szechuan Kung Pao and Singaporean Laksa soup. One package costs just under 40 CZK (1.60 EUR).

Tom Yum soup paste
Tom Yum soup paste

Thai Dancer brand red curry paste

A non-spicy blend, wonderfully flavored. Add stir-fried meat, mix, coconut milk, season with lime juice, fish sauce, add rice, and you have a ready lunch. Red curry is one of the dishes I cook most often at home. One package costs about 20 CZK (0.80 EUR).

Thai Dancer red curry paste
Thai Dancer red curry paste

Aroy-D brand coconut milk

A proven brand, an essential ingredient for Asian dishes. In Sapa, you can buy smaller and larger packages. One 250 ml package costs approximately 30 CZK (1.20 EUR).

Aroy-D coconut milk
Aroy-D coconut milk

Uni-Eagle brand sriracha hot sauce

Again, an indispensable addition that you will find on the table of every Asian restaurant.

Spicy Sriracha sauce
Spicy Sriracha sauce

Rice noodles

I prefer thin vermicelli noodles, but thicker flat noodles or noodles flavored with black garlic are also available in Sapa. One 400 g package costs approximately 50 CZK (2 EUR).

Rice noodles
Rice noodles

Rice paper

Again, a proven brand of rice paper, with which you can easily make Vietnamese rolls at home. Just soak the paper in water for 20 seconds, fill it with a mixture you like, roll it up, and a great roll is ready.

Rice paper
Rice paper

Miyata brand sushi vinegar

I don’t make sushi at home very often, but this sweet-sour vinegar is absolutely great for seasoning leaf salads (just chop any leaf salad, add vinegar, and a delicious vegetable side dish is ready). I have tried other types of sushi vinegars, but this one tastes the best. It’s a vinegar that I consume in really large quantities, and I always have at least two bottles in stock at home.

Miyata sushi vinegar
Miyata sushi vinegar

What groceries do you buy in Sapa?

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