It’s been a trend that i’ve been noticing at the Asian supermarket chains. It’s troubling me somewhat that it is a repro-able process.
- One discovers an Asian seasoning, mix, canned food, or whatever
- One enjoys the authentic taste that it brings
- One starts to buy it on a regular basis
- One starts to buy MORE on a regular basis
- One starts to notice the stock is getting lesser
- One starts to buy the remaining stock
- One finds that it is no longer being sold
Going through some of the archives on this blog, i can easily find at least four instances. The Thai dried cuttlefish was the first.
Then after the food scare from China went the black bean fish, which looks like this small little picture that i was able to find:
Then it was Brahim’s Beef rendang paste. Luckily, it came back… and i bought a full dozen of it!
Then it was an Indonesian Sambal Belachan chilly.
Most recently, and in the prior post, the Prima Taste range of mixes, from Singapore curry to Laksa… the only one that was usually left on the shelves is the Satay mix. Probably the “local” Singaporeans all know it’s impossible to do satay right with the meat we can find here.
Turns out that at the most recent attempt to get the curry paste, i found about 8 cans of the belachan chilly, and i swept all into our shopping cart. It’ll probably be gone and no longer replenished the next time we go there.
Interestingly, Sharon’s fave Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee mix, the one particular SKU she likes, isn’t available here. Guess what i have to fill in my luggage whenever i fly back to Singapore? 8)
At the rate it’s going, pretty soon we’ll run out of any close resemblance of the food we used to have in the island country. Then we’ll really start to live like a local!