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May 17, 2011 02:53 PM

Glasgow: food shopping...where?

Hi all,

I'm just began my 3-month stay in Glasgow yesterday. I live by Queen's Park, where there are butcher, fishmonger, a Co-op and Stalks & Stems 10 steps away on Pollokshaws Rd, but I still need a few other necessities sorted out, mainly ethnic food shopping:

- Chinese and southeast asian things, I especially don't like being without galangal, sweet potato noodles, and seaweed, and probably a lot of other asian things.
- is there a way to get teff flour here?
- speaking of flour, where can I get rolled oats, spelt, and other raw cereals? I'm thinking a big health food store would probably have those things.

- I like to eat as locally whenever practicable, what are some produce locally grown and will be in season while I'm here? origin of the produce are usually marked only with a country, if at all, I'd like some tips on how to eat local foods.

I really don't know where anything is in this town, so if you have any other helpful information, it would be much welcomed and appreciated! Other food requests will surely come up, so I'll add those then.

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  1. This is a massive chinese/asian store - i think you can easily get the bus to it

    I don't know Glasgow that well but a wander up and down Byres Road might be worth your time, I think there's a couple of good delis and a good grocers - somebody else could better advise you, there's also a Waitrose which has British asparagus and rhubarb for cheap at the moment, the season is short so best stock up.

    Not sure what you mean by local food - local to Glasgow, Scotland or UK? We have great cheese in Scotland, I believe there is an I J mellis in glasgow for an expensive introduction, Waitrose has an okay cheese counter for a cheaper option.

    Find your nearest farmers market for local food or farm shop, there's a lot of them about these days.
    This website will give you a starting point, also on here I think they list producers so you can get a feel of who local producers are and where they live in Scotland

    Edinburgh has several taste of.. festivals with local suppliers setting up stalls and local chefs cooking - presumbably Glasgow has them as well, here is an example of one - I don't know what they're like as I'm not good with busy places but it could be a start to get a feel for what's around

    There are plenty of health food shops around, you'll just need some internet searching to find out where they are - if there's anything you can't find in there like teff flour then search online for delivery.

    There's a lot of real ale breweries in Scotland if you're interested, there's here which is one of the few bars that brews its own beers

    The List at the moment has an Eating and Drinking guide which could help you find places to eat and drink - just read between the line with their reviews as they're never mean or critical about thing. They have a website and sometimes do articles about food suppliers, worth a browse in their archive for starters.

    Local game is a great thing but I think you'll be away before it starts - here's a link to what's available when

    For local seafood (if local means Scotland) try hand dived Scallops, langoustines and rope mussels, samphire for starters.

    Hope this will be enough to keep you occupied for starters, I'm sure somebody will give you the name of specific shops and places.

    5 Replies
    1. re: orchidalbion

      Thanks so much for all the links! I'll venture out to SeeWoo today, and probably Byres Road too, will definitely stop at Waitrose if I do. Farmer's market is this Saturday, which I'm excited about.

      By local, I just mean as close as possible, I'm not limiting the variety of foods that I eat, but if there's a tomato from Spain and a tomato from the UK, I'll take the UK one, and if there's the same from Wales and another from Scotland, I'll take the Scottish one. The less-traveled, the better.

      1. re: kerosundae

        In Queens Park you couldn't be better placed foe Asian food supplies. Venture onto Alison Street South of Victoria Rd. It's lined with Indian and Pakistani food shops. There's an enormous Asian supermarked on Pollokshaws Rd at Eglinton Toll you can't miss on the way into town. If you venture into Pollokshields again an Albert Drive there are a plethora of small Asian food suppliers.

        For Chinese and East Asian supplies there is a Chines supermarket on Cambridge Street and close by opposite Stow college is Glasgow's Chines centre with an even larger East Asian and Chinese supermarket. The jewel in the crown is Seewoo on Saracen Ste where you'll be hard pressed to come up with something they dont have.

        The Farmers market in Queens Park isn't particularly great although it does have some quite nice meat and cheeses. Not so great for veg.

        1. re: stilldontknow

          Thank you!
          Funny, I was going into town by bus yesterday and saw the big Asian superstore on Pollokshaws, so I hopped off the bus on the way back. I'll check out the other neighborhood Pakistani/Indian stores too.

          Will go to the Art School today, it looks like the Chinese area you are referring to is just near there.

        2. re: kerosundae

          I see, sorry i didn't mean to sound pedantic, but it was in case you were a follower of things like the Fife Diet - which might be something you want to read about - they were in the media a bit, so mentioning that famous cheeses in Scotland includes Dunsyre Blue would have been a bit pointless! Keep an eye out on pick your own fruit as well, its coming to strawberry season and a trip Fife/Angus/Perthshire to worship at the home of soft fruits might be of interest. Raspberries come in a bit later and some farms also do things like Tayberries and Goosberries. Also try this website for an overview of what Scotland has and when.

          1. re: orchidalbion

            Haha, it's always good to be specific I guess.
            I looked up Fife Diet, sounds like the same concept, except they put a name to it. thank you for that link, that was exactly then kind of guide I was hoping for!

            Pick your own fruit (we call them "U-Pic" in Cali) sounds so exciting! I had never heard of tayberries, but looking up their picture, I've had them, and LOVE them! maybe when my husband comes to visit, we'll go to Fife to pick some soft fruits. =D