The well-stocked grocer is a true Asian marketplace selling an assortment of traditional, fresh and packaged foods, such as vegetables, dumplings, noodles and popular Chinese snacks, along with an extensive range of authentic Chinese cookware.
The best thing about having an Asian grocer at Chevron Renaissance is the never-ending list of exciting new ingredients to discover, which leads to new recipes and taste sensations. It is ultimately a whole new world of grocery shopping.
To ensure you aren’t overwhelmed on your first trip to Yifan Asian Emporium, we have compiled all the hidden treasures that need to be on your shopping list.
PASTES, SPICES AND CONDIMENT
The easiest way to turn your cooking from ordinary to extraordinary is with the right combination of flavour makers. Take your dishes to the next level by making spices, condiments and pastes authentic. Try miso paste, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, mirin cooking wine, fish sauce and shrimp paste.
Asian grocers were stocking flour alternatives long before the gluten-free movement hit Australia, making it the perfect place to stock up. Rice flour, potato starch and chickpea flour are all great pantry staples. Plus, if you do follow a gluten-free diet you will love the variety of gluten-free products considered necessities in Asian kitchens including rice paper rolls, noodles and wraps.
Asian grocers are a haven for mushroom lovers. You will also come to realise there is a whole new world beyond the white button mushroom we are accustomed too. Don’t be alarmed, mushrooms are mainly sold dried, which enhances their flavour and they are easy to reconstitute with boiling water. The mushroom varieties are endless so try a few different varieties until you find your favourites. They are perfect added to soups, stews and your favourite slow cooked meal.
As your shopping list grows you have probably noticed the products at your Asian grocer are actually really healthy. Which brings us to the next ‘must-have’ on your shopping list, meat alternatives. Tempeh, tofu and seitan can be found at your Asian grocer and can be placed in almost any meal as a meat substitute. They are also great fried up with the pastes, spices and condiments already in your basket with a bunch of fresh Asian greens.
If you are yet to try these delicious pieces of dough wrapped around a tasty filling, then put an asterisk next to this item on your list. Yifan stocks frozen dumplings, so you know you are getting the real deal. Perfect for keeping in the freezer for food emergencies, like lunch.
Yifan Asian Emporium owner Maggie Huang said she is excited to fill a gap in the market to accommodate for both Gold Coast locals and the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting the City, seeking an alternative to western supermarkets.
“THERE IS NO OTHER ASIAN GROCER STORE CURRENTLY OPERATING IN SURFERS PARADISE, SO YIFAN ASIAN EMPORIUM WILL BE A CONVENIENT OPTION FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS,” SAID MS HUANG. A GOLD COAST LOCAL HERSELF, MS HUANG OWNED A CONVENIENCE STORE IN SURFERS PARADISE FOR THREE YEARS BEFORE DECIDING TO OPEN HER OWN CHINESE GROCERY STORE IN CHEVRON RENAISSANCE SHOPPING CENTRE.
Now open at Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, near Surfers Renaissance Chempro Pharmacy and nearby Coles Supermarket.