If you like Asian food but you don’t always feel like going to a restaurant and pay more than you actually want, Asian supermarkets are always your best bet. With the internet it’s easy to find several different recipes or to give you ideas on what to make. Amazing Oriental supermarket is one of those places where you can find almost anything you need. From sauce to fresh fish to frozen goods to even drinks and snacks from all over Asia.
My favorite shop to go to is the one in Ypenburg, The Hague. It’s a little bit out of my way but I usually enjoy the drive from Rotterdam to Ypenburg and I prefer to go there because their selection is HUGE. Chinese, Korean, Indian, Japanese.. they have it all and besides buying food (to cook yourself) they also have a restaurant where they serve Japanese Ramen, Chinese and Indonesian food. I didn’t get the chance last time to take a picture because they were about to close but I will add it when I’m back and have time!
Amazing Oriental has 20 different locations all over The Netherlands and you can check their website to find the shop nearest to you!
Supermarket: Amazing Oriental
Address: Laan van Haamstede 36, 2497 GE Den Haag
Website: https://amazingoriental.com/winkels/den-haag-ypenburg/ or https://amazingoriental.com/
Rating (out of 5 stars)
Located not far from the highway you can see the large Amazing Oriental sign from a slight distance, there’s enough parking space right in front of the door and when you enter you can either go right into the restaurant or into the large store. They have carts and baskets that the customer can use and when you enter the store the first thing you’ll see are the fresh products section following by the fresh fish.
Beyond that there is a huge selection of rice, sauces, noodles, dried fruits and vegetable, teas, all types of crisps, bowls, utensils, they got it all! Some items are priced a little bit higher than you’d expect but still they often have a cheaper lesser known brand right next to it. Don’t forget that you pay for the import costs too. They also have a wide variety of frozen goods, from durian to meat to fish to Chinese ice cream, I’m going to try all of it!
The only downfall I can say however is the restaurant, the food is good, it’s on the cheaper side but I really dislike the way they help people. there’s a bunch of people there but only two or three are actually helping. You line up and when you pick what you want (which isn’t always clear because they do have a menu but also a glass case you can pick from) and they will fill your plate and put it in the microwave before moving with you to pay. They often go back to the microwave to take the food out. You either get your food right away or you get one of those shaky noisy things that give you a heart attack while you wait for your food (a beeper). It takes really long before they help the next person, for some weird reason. If there’s a line already at the counter, don’t bother, you’ll be there forever and probably starve… But if you do make it through, sit back and enjoy because I really enjoy their food and I recommend it. I haven’t tried the ramen yet but the Thai red curry, the Chinese duck and the pork belly are awesome! You can also take away like I did last time! It was still hot by the time I got home and I ate until I exploded!
Are there any shops you prefer visiting? Tell me all about it on our facebook! I will check them out!