When living in another country, we miss our home country products. I myself prefer to use my “home country products” if it’s available in local grocery markets for some authentic taste. Expatriate communities in this country are much diversified and cooking satisfaction normally comes with exact taste. No matter if you are Malaysian, Singaporean, Korean or European, you still can grab some of your home products at the below shared places:
Delivered by Lion Group from Malaysia and this international status conglomerate group has been in business since 1930s. The shopping mall comes with concept of a general merchandise store and selling cosmetics, clothing, home living needs, food court and grocery shopping. Besides, there are also catered entertainment needs for their customers such as Game Centre and Cinemas. Parkson at Saigon Tourist Plaza, Le Thanh Ton Street is one of nearest options for expatriates in town. Go to highest the floor of Citimart and you can get various of Malaysian and Thai cooking ingredients such as thick soya sauce, coconut milk, chili sauce and other Halal products. Most of the Halal products in Parkson are endorsed by Halal organizations from Malaysia, Thailand and also Islamic Community of Ho Chi Minh City Department.
- Parkson Le Thanh Ton, 35 Bis – 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1
- Parkson Paragon, Nguyen Luong Bang Street, District 7
- Parkson Huong Vuong, 126 Huong Vuong Street, District 5
- Parkson Flemington, 184 Le Dai Hanh, District 11
- Parkson truong Son, 60A truong Son Street, Tan Binh District
Metro Cash & Carry
Metro Cash & Carry is the first business model in Vietnam which introduced the wholesale concept in Vietnam. This hypermarket was originally from Dusseldorf, Germany and received a very good response among western expatriate communities in Ho Chi Minh City. Metro An Phu is the nearest and most popular in Ho Chi Minh City which is strategically located at An Phu ward of District 2 or well known as expatriate nest. This hypermarket sells a wide choice of frozen foods, processed foods, milk, cheese, meats, butter and the price is relatively cheaper than other places. Don’t forget to bring your passport copy if it is your first time coming to Metro as you are required to register for an entrance card. Optionally, you can request for a daily entry pass but it is not so convenient if you need to go to this supermarket frequently.
Going to Lotte Mart will remind you to a Japanese and Korean style of general merchandise store. There are huge numbers of Asian, especially Korean cooking ingredients sold here. The seafood here is very fresh and sometimes better than local Vietnamese wet markets. Next to the fish section is a vegetable section which supplies all your veggies needs and all greens are fresh too. When in this store, find a line called “Asian Home” and you can see varieties of East Asia’s home products especially from Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and Japan. If it is truly imported and the price is mostly double. Absolutely a good treat for your homesickness.
- Lotte Mart Saigon South, 469 Nguyen Huu Tho, District 7
- Lotte Mart Phu Tho, District 11
The Crescent – Giant Supermarket
Going to The Crescent Mall in District 7 will give you a new ambiance for a shopping mall. This shopping mall is very spacious will have numbers of high end products to fulfill your shopping needs. Go to the ground floor of this mall and you will see the Giant Supermarket. This supermarket is very clean and spacious for your weekend grocery shopping. Asian cooking ingredients and fresh items are available for you to choose. This supermarket is very popular in Malaysia with tagline on everyday low price.
This supermarket is locally Vietnamese owned. Coop Mart is very popular among middle class Vietnamese and the Singaporean community. Most of the products here are made in Vietnam and some from Thailand. If you browse at Coop Mart Cong Quynh Street in District 1, you will always see Singaporean visitors there to buy a lot of personal care products here because the price is cheaper than their home country.