In the past, I have tried to look for Sichuan Pepper Corns in super markets (not Yue Hwa) in Hong Kong but never succeeded, sometimes they did not have it and at other times I could not break the language barrier. Sichuan Pepper became important for me after I watched a Chinese food show on TV, in which they sprinkled a mix of this spice and sea-salt on batter fried vegetables. Must be different from the regular black pepper powder that I normally use. Motivated by this curiosity and suddenly having found myself standing at the doorstep of Yue Hwa Chinese Products in Chinatown Singapore, I decided to try my luck one more time. Yue Hwa Chinese Products is a multi-story building in Chinatown. To get there, go to Chinatown MRT station and take exit "C". When you come out, you will find yourself in front of People's Park Complex. Come out to the main road and turn left. Yue Hwa is at the left side corner of the road. There are six levels in this building out of which the top (6th) level is their office. Merchandise is sold on the first five floors. Keep reading...
|Sichuan Pepper at Yue Hwa Chinese Products Chinatown Singapore|
|Level 3: Food and Tea at Yue Hwa Chinese Products Chinatown Singapore|
The ground floor (L1) is dedicated to Chinese medicines. Language could be a problem on this floor because hardly anyone seemed to understand English there. L2 has apparel, embroidery, undergarments, beddings, shoes, and luggage. Food and tea are sold on L3 and that is where I found my Sichuan Pepper Corns. Fortunately someone in the staff was able to understand what I was looking for. A small packet, I think 28 grams, cost me SGD 3.00 (see the picture above). L4 of the building has Chinese handicrafts, antiques, porcelain, and L5 has antique Chinese furniture. There are quite a few things in this building that a common tourist like me can afford. One can surely take home a few surprises from here. Apart from the Sichuan Pepper, the huge variety of Pu-er tea cakes on display here caught my attention. My advice: buy discounted products and leave happy.
More pictures of Yue Hwa Chinese Products at Chinatown Singapore
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|Posted by Narinder Singh|