In Munich and looking for Madras Curry Paste? Do you feel the need to stockpile coconut milk? How about PG Tips? Oh yes… I can help you with that.
Rather than listing all the different things you can buy and all the prices, this time I’m going to share with you the way I shop for Asian store cupboard essentials. Whether it’s Chinese, Thai or Indian, this is where and how I find all the bits to fill my kitchen with.
Let’s start with getting there: Hop on your nearest S-Bahn to Rosenheimer Platz. It’s currently part of the main, central trunk of S-Bahn stations so you’ll find all the main lines stop there. Exit the station and head along Rosenheimer Straße until you reach the first of three Asian shops and my first port of call.
Address | Rosenheimer Str. 38
Website | OrientShop.net
This is a large, well laid out store with plenty of space to move around in. Shelves are logically organised and generally kept well stocked. It’s my favourite of the three I’m going to tell you about and is where I go to get the majority of my shopping done.
There’s plenty here that British shoppers will recognise. From Tilda Basmati Rice to Patak’s and Rajah branded curry products. There’s bottles of Lee Kum Kee sauces, Colman’s Mint Sauce and Pride Pure Butter Ghee. You’ll even find large boxes of PG Tips. It’s a well stocked and varied treasure trove of all manner of Asian sauces and spices at excellent prices.
Mainstream German supermarkets do offer a fairly decent little range of Asian products, though they can and will sting you on buying these ‘exotic’ ingredients. Five Spice, Thai Red Curry Paste and Soy Sauce are all easily available in my local Rewe, as well as noodles, coconut milk and even Kaffir lime leaves. You’ll have less good fortune in hunting for Indian produce there though.
In addition to all the things you might expect to find in a store called ‘Orient Shop’, you’ll also find other recognisably British products in the form of prepared and jarred Garlic, Ginger and Chilli, various flours and Nestlé Carnation milks. There’s also a relatively large freezer section…
If you can’t find everythinghere that you’re looking for, don’t worry – there’s another two Asian stores on the way back to the S-Bahn!
Thai Binh Duong
Address | Rosenheimer Str. 36
This one isn’t hard to find – it’s basically right next door to the Orient Shop! In fact, if you look carefully at the header image for the Orient Shop, you’ll see Thai Binh Duong’s blue store sign in the background…
This supermarket has a heavier focus on Vietnamese goods and is far more cramped inside. As they pack so much in to their small square footage, you’ll need to take your time and look both high and low to see if they’re stocking the items you’re looking for. In contrast to the previous shop, there’s only room for one person in each mini aisle. Don’t let it put you off in your search for something though – You never know what you might find!
Hong Kong Market
Address | Motorama (Ground Floor), Rosenheimer Str. 30
Website | HongKongMarket.de
As a last stop before getting back on the S-Bahn and taking your shopping haul home, drop in at the Hong Kong Market. It’s in the large Motorama Ladenstadt which houses large supermarkets like Hit and Aldi, the health and beauty supplies store DM and a range of fast food options. Helpfully, there’s an entrance to the S-Bahn platform in the complex too.
Hong Kong Market has more in common with Orient Shop than Thai Binh Duong, even stocking some of the same ranges of products. There’s a decent amount of room to move around between aisles and a fair variety of items on the shelves. They also stock some wonderful looking Chinese crockery and decorative items. If you look carefully at the picture above, you’ll see stacks of serving bowls!
You’ll find a mixture of Asian products here, though they’re a little light on the Indian side in comparison with the Orient Shop. Interestingly I’ve actually found Old Jamaica Ginger Beer here before – but with the price per can, I reserve that for a special treat (with rum!).
So that’s it! These are the stores I visit in Munich when looking for British home comforts and how I stock my cupboards full of affordable Asian goodies.
If you’ve got some other stores around the Munich area you’d like to recommend or think I should visit, please drop a comment in the box below and let me know!