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How Much Was That?

by | Jul 14, 2015 | 1 comment

When you’re in another country, or state for that matter, one of the first things you miss is the food. I remember a previous move from the midwest to the west coast of the US missing a particular ice cream and chili…. Moving to a new country, it’s even more pronounced.

Luckily for us, the part of town where we live has two specialty stores, catering to foreigners. The other day we were exploring one of the stores for the first time. From the other side of the shelf I heard some other American voices, a mother and her kids, clearly new to China too.

MOM: Look, I found the English Muffins!

KID: But why are they $15???

No, not exaggerating. Here are some other examples from the local store.

Breakfast Cereal in China

$13 box of cereal

Macaroni and Cheese

$6 per box of Kraft Mac and Cheese

On the flip side, Chinese food is a lot less expensive than the US.

Chinese baozi

50c for two really large tasty baozi

So far I’ve been buying a mix of Chinese and import products. Dairy and meat mostly imported. Grains, vegetables, and some fruit Chinese. Maybe the prices will even out, but I’m pretty sure that our food bills will be quite a bit higher here than in the US.

To leave on a high note, sometimes there are sales at the import store. Today I was excited to see that one of my favorite products was on sale!

Tillamook Cheese Sale

With these prices though, I think we’ll be saving the Tillamook for very special occasions!

Tillamook cheese in France

Cheese ranges from 78-92rmb ($13-15) per pack before the sale.