As previously noted, the Import shop on Xinbei’s Chaohu Road is currently the home of Russian chocolate, Polish green apple yogurt, and American Spam in Korean packaging. On a return visit, I found three more unique things on the shelves there. Let’s start with the Polish item that had me excited.
No, not the granola. As it turns out, Emall on Beidajie Road downtown has that, as it does with more flavors of the Polish yogurt Import stocks. The item next to is type of wafle orzechowe, a Polish person told me after I showed them this picture. Basically, it’s a nut wafer. However, it doesn’t seem to be a brand in Poland itself. However, since the packaging itself is in English and not Polish, this friend and I agreed that it’s likely something made specifically to export — much like Australia and Fosters beer. I couldn’t resist and bought a bag. So, you can say I’ve now eaten my first Polish nut wafer in Changzhou.
Unlike some other Polish wafer snacks, this has the wafer acting as a chocolate coated shell. The interior is a hazelnut creme. So far, I have only eaten about three of this. I have been a good boy. I didn’t shove all of them into my face all at once. There were only two bags, so the store may only have one left. And, as it goes with these types of blog posts, I can guarantee that products such as these were on the shelf when I visited. If they go out of stock, there is no assurance that the import store in question will reorder them. So, besides this. What are two other things at Import that I missed last time?
There are multiple flavors of Bulgarian fruit juice. I saw two separate brands, but after looking closely at the packaging, I realized that both came from the same company headquartered in Sofia. The third thing I found wasn’t from Eastern Europe at all, but rather from Vietnam.
Unlike the Polish nut wafers, I was not as enthused to try these and actually didn’t buy any. Durian has a complex flavor. Some absolutely love it, and others detest the fruit, its taste, and it’s smell. I am somewhere in the middle. I don’t hate it, but I’m not willing to put forth the effort to acquire a taste for it. Bahn pia is a Vietnamese specialty pastry that can be compared to a moon cake. So, this could be summed up as “Durian flavored Vietnamese moon cake.”
Import is located, as stated earlier, on Chaohu Road in Xinbei. That’s the street on the north side of Wanda. The store itself is a quick walk west from Wanda.