Today I thought I’d show you our grocery store. There are a few stores that we shop at, but Ada Baru (translation: It is New!) is the one we frequent most often. It’s the closest thing we have to Walmart in that we can buy milk and lightbulbs in one store! That’s about where the comparisons end….
The sign right above Nathan’s head reads “Susu”; this means milk. There are two choices of milk in Indonesia: powdered or UHT. Neither of which compare to fresh cows milk. I think there are some places where cow’s milk is available, but since we aren’t big milk drinkers, I haven’t really looked into it. The sign far above Nathan’s head says “It is prohibited to bring food or drink into the store.” You also are not allowed to carry any bags or purses into the store. You have to check them at the door.
Indonesia grows coffee. Really yummy coffee. So, it is a mystery to me why most Indonesian prefer instant coffee to the real thing! Ada Baru doesn’t carry coffee beans. I’ve been told of a store in town that does! Score! In the past we have bought our coffee in Semarang (a town about 1 1/2 hours from here). You can also buy Kopi Luwak (a type of coffee) here in Indonesia. I’ve tried it once and didn’t like it, but lots of people do! It’s really expensive. But even more expensive in the States. I’ve been told it can cost up to $1,000/lb in Amerika! Yikes! Read what all the fuss is about here.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can always try some of this green bean drink. I’ve not been daring enough to try it yet, and I’m ok with that.
And to go with your green bean drink, you can try Soft Shell Crab, Grilled Shrimp or Seaweed flavored Pringles! I’ve not tried these either, although I am curious to know if the shrimp flavored ones really are pink.
Fruits and Veggies! Yum! As a tropical climate, Indonesia always has an abundance of yummy fruits and veggies! We don’t usually but them here though. Our house helper buys them at the market where she can get a better price! My favorite fruit so far is mangosteen (not pictured). I can’t even compare it to anything I’ve ever had before…but it’s wonderful! Nathan also loves the little oranges (I’m totally blanking on their name) that are in the top part of the picture.
This is the little import section of Ada Baru. You can probably spot some familiar thing (Prego!) Indonesia also imports a lot of Korean food since there are a lot of Koreans here! We don’t usually buy our imported food here though. There are a few other stores in town that carry a bigger variety of things (peanut butter!).
All ready to check out. Today’s purchases: two bags of flour, 1 bottle of sambal (hot sauce) and 4 cans of Coke. Itu saja (that’s it). Oh and we pay for everything with cash here. There are very few places that accept credit cards. In fact, none that I know of in Salatiga.
Thanks for coming on this little trip to the grocery store with us! Hope you enjoyed it!