Hoo Hing

by Jo Kenny

Hoo Hing Bletchley Chinese pork duck rice cover

My husband and I have lived in the Milton Keynes area for over two decades, HOW did neither of us know that there was a Chinese supermarket hiding away in Bletchley?! We learned of Hoo Hing a few days ago so off we went to play. You can visit their website HERE.

This Chinese supermarket has a cafe, something we have sorely missed since we left our favourite one from our uni days down in Portsmouth. These kind of cafes are hard to find outside of large cities or Chinese communities, but once you find one of these gems you’ll be back again and again. The most popular one in Milton Keynes is Mii&U, and is well worth checking out for some cheap and plentiful Chinese food. They’re stark and sometimes dingy little places; it’s kind of their charm! It’s all about that hard working kitchen out back cooking up incredible, authentic Chinese food. And the best thing about a Chinese cafe? It’s cheap!

Chinese pork and duck with rice

This lovely plate of roast duck, char su pork and rice, smothered in sweet soy sauce cost just £3.95!

Hoo Hing Bletchley Chinese duck rice

Fuelled for browsing we took to the endless aisles of exciting vegetables, sauces and fish. If you’re new to Asian supermarkets, the range of products can be overwhelming, but I definitely encourage you to get stuck-in and stock up your cupboards!

Hoo Hing Bletchley aisle yumdimsum

My husband exclaimed that “it’s like being in the world-food aisle, but ALL the time!”

Hoo Hing Bletchley chinese bowls

We came home with pak choi, tea, sweet soy and a rather intriguing green cake…

chinese cake

This was serious the lightest, fluffiest cake I have ever eaten! I have no idea what it was, but I’d recommend buying a slice if you visit. Thanks Hoo Hing!

Only one more day of being super naughty left – it may be the first day of 2013 but who in their right mind is going to be good when nursing that national hangover?! Happy New Year everyone, enjoy those cocktails!

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