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china lily in Edmonton

jim bachinski Oct 5, 2008 04:09 PM

Where can i find China Lily soy sauce in Edmonton?
Thanks in advance.

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    itwillmakeaturd RE: jim bachinski Oct 5, 2008 11:42 PM

    I have seen it at Lucky 97, and I assume you can get it at T&T too. A quick google search offered several options to order online too.

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      itwillmakeaturd RE: itwillmakeaturd Oct 6, 2008 12:30 PM

      I noticed a couple other things while searching for information about China Lily. It is made in Canada and has supply problems that makes its appearance on store shelves sporadic.

      It also has a rabid cult following. Why?

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        jim bachinski RE: itwillmakeaturd Oct 6, 2008 09:27 PM

        i was at lucky 97 this weekend- no china lily. ill give t & t a try, and if no luck there, ill try on line. thanks for the info.

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          cdnprairiedog RE: itwillmakeaturd Oct 19, 2008 11:27 PM

          One word: nostalgia. It has a cult following because it was about the only soy sauce one could get at their friendly neighbourhood Safeway before Trudeau opened Canada to the world by shifting immigration policy (and thus allowed us to be exposed to a lot of great food). For me it would be China Lily crunchy chow mein noodles.

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            sharonanne RE: itwillmakeaturd Oct 23, 2008 12:25 PM

            My MIL used China Lily and she taught Chinese cooking (she was from Anhwei province in China) . I use it for that reason although recently I wondered whether or not she used it because in her day that was the best Calgary had to offer. I find it a good all purpose sauce even though I have 4 or 5 varieies of soy sauce for specific purposes. It helps that I know exactly what to expect from China Lily as they all have their own properties. Maybe the cult following is purely familiarity.

            Safeway has a label on the empty space on the shelf where China Lily used to be so I'm hoping that means they expect to see it back.

        2. alau2 RE: jim bachinski Oct 7, 2008 08:12 AM

          I've also seen it often at various Safeway stores.

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            soyaboy RE: alau2 Oct 19, 2008 06:49 PM

            I have been looking for chinalilly everywhere I have been since july from Ontario to BC and I can not find it anywhere. I would wellcome any help I could get in finding this product

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              vandan RE: soyaboy Oct 20, 2008 08:37 AM

              i've seen it at army navy ( all of places) here in Van

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                vandan RE: soyaboy Oct 20, 2008 08:38 AM

                i've seen it @ army navy(of all places) here in Van

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                  so_are_you RE: vandan Oct 22, 2008 10:19 PM

                  my dad found me some in armstrong BC today (oct 22) at the only grocery store there (don't know the name)
                  he said they had the large plastic bottles lots of them and the 4 liter bottles
                  so he grabbed me 2 of the 4 liter bottles but I won't ge them until he comes up in the spring

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                    soyaboy RE: so_are_you Nov 7, 2008 05:02 PM

                    I am looking for it in Calgary. Has anyone seen it here.

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                      sharonanne RE: soyaboy Nov 7, 2008 07:38 PM

                      Daughter says Superstore in Edmonton has it. I plan to check Superstore in Calgary when I get a chance unless someone else has?

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              jim bachinski RE: jim bachinski Nov 1, 2008 05:08 PM

              found some at andy's iga in edmonton- 142 street, 89 ave

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                soyaboy RE: jim bachinski Nov 9, 2008 09:07 PM

                I checked Superstore Calgary and did not see it

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                  anonymoose RE: soyaboy Nov 9, 2008 11:41 PM

                  If you were in an unrenovated Superstore there may have been two aisles with soy sauce - one in the Asian food aisle and one with the sauces. Not entirely sure they fixed this quirk with the renovated stores.

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                Joe Bolduc RE: jim bachinski Jan 1, 2009 04:59 AM

                If you can't find it in Edmonton, or anywhere else in Canada for that matter, it is available online at http://www.canadaonly.ca. They sell primarily to the U.S. and other countries so the prices are in U.S. dollars. They buy direct from the factory.

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                  Bavin RE: jim bachinski Jan 1, 2009 10:39 AM

                  I have seen it in the Tardale Coop here in Calgary. I remember this sauce from my childhood in Sask. we used it for everything ie on spagetti , fish, steaks etc etc

                  1. eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife RE: jim bachinski Jan 2, 2009 02:15 PM

                    Ack - salty brown water! Am curious to know why you would source out China Lily?

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                      BorealysAA RE: jim bachinski Jan 17, 2009 05:01 AM

                      After many months of not having China LIly (I swear the grocer was getting tired of me asking when they were getting more in), FINALLY last night as I as actually getting items for Taco Salad... there it was.

                      Shining like a beacon on the shelf.

                      I grabbed 12 bottles lol :)

                      I'm going to go back for more today if theres any left... the stuff just doesn't spoil (despite everything technically having an expiry date). Yum! I'm so happy! :D

                      Edit: I found it at a local Save On Foods, just an FYI.

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                        jim bachinski RE: BorealysAA Jan 18, 2009 04:24 PM

                        i went to andy's iga yesterday, (142 st and 89 ave in edmonton), and they have it on the shelves again- the last time they stocked it they had 6 or 8 bottles on the shelves, this time they had at least 30, so maybe the supply problems are over.

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                        pinkdaysie RE: jim bachinski Sep 25, 2009 06:45 PM

                        I know this post is quite old, i just happened across it as I was searching for a recipe, but thought I would let you know that you can get the giant (i think they're about a gallon) bottles of China Lily at TGP in Edmonton. Not sure if you need a membership for that store as I just get my parents to pick me up a bottle when we're close to running out, but it's defintely more cost effective than buying dozens of bottles lol

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                          itwillmakeaturd RE: pinkdaysie Sep 25, 2009 10:29 PM

                          Unless they have changed their business model since I last visited, TGP does not require a membership.

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