As soon as you leave Hurstville train station, you're spoilt for choice with a few different eateries - as well as places to buy your groceries. Tong Li Supermarket is solely an Asian only supermarket. On this, you can be of any culture/nationality and feel welcome here.
To market, to market we come. A real shopping vibe is enjoyed here, yet when this supermarket is crowded - it does not feel like you're rushed, stressed or cramped in. Take care, as the aisles are fairly narrow. There are also a fair few boxes around.
Sweet or savoury, your Asian cuisine is covered. Have enjoyed buying some authentic miso soup sachets here. Find them as soon as you enter. A range of sauces, pastes and tofus - among other bean treats are found here. Just like any supermarket, your fridge goods are right at the back. On the far left hand side, you'll find fresh vegetables and frozen goods.
Speaking of fresh vegetables, if I am ever in the mood to cook an Asian stir-fry with beef and fish sauce; I always go for some Pak Choy - as per the first image. Fresh, and is rather easy to cut. I like it with a little bit of crunch after steaming or pan frying it. A smooth texture is enjoyed. While at it, Tong Li Supermarket is also the right locale to buy some snow peas to accompany such a dinner that is easy to prepare.
If you love your green tea, then this is the place to come to. Use your pods, and some quality tea can be enjoyed at home - similar (or even better) to the likes of authentic green tea served at those sushi trains.
Jelly treats are available, and there are teddy bear toys with some available at the front counter. If I am feeling peckish, without fail I always go for some Asian chips. I like the ones with corn and garlic in them, as pictured below. They only cost about $2.50.
The service is fairly quick, and the check out staff do speak to you in your native tongue if you happen to be Asian - otherwise in English. The perfect Asian grocery on the south side of Sydney.
Where: Shop T15 Hurstville Central 225 Forest Road Hurstville NSW.
Why: For stir fry vegetables - eat your greens, as well as for green tea, miso soup paste and chips to snack on.
Cost: Quite affordable. I generally spend less than $10 every time I come here.
When: When in need of some Asian grocery shopping. Generally come here on a Friday afternoon.
Good for kids: Yes, some cute sweet treats are available.
Take away: The whole point.