Two words: Grocery shopping. While some love shuffle-walking between cramped aisles stacked floor to ceiling with brightly labelled condiments, others wilt under the fluorescent light of the freezer aisle.
Although widely labelled as the “world’s most isolated city”, Perth is home to a rich international community. This multiculturalism means you can stock your pantry with condiments and produce from around the globe. Think Sichuan peppers, wasabi roots, warm spices, and oodles and oodles of instant noodles.
These are our favourite international grocers in Perth.
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East Asian and South-East Asian grocers in Perth
The suburbs stretching from Myaree to Canning Vale ensure that the South-East Asian diaspora remains abuzz with zingy Asian flavours, from the crispy funk of dried cuttlefish to the smooth silkiness of coconut cream stirred into a curry. VHT has an impressive supply of condiments including the cult-classic lao gan ma (chilli oil) and peng sheng preserved olive vegetable. Walson Foods is a must visit for fresh soy milk and tofu. Yee Seng and Market City Gourmet Food stock essentials from Sichuan peppercorns and soy sauce to a shelf-sagging number of herbs and spices for brewing soups. East Victoria Park’s Kongs arms the student population with an arsenal of instant noodles and frozen dumplings.
1/373 William Street, Perth
Fresh greengrocers in Perth
Migrant communities have been holding fresh market gardens in Northbridge since the 1900s. Golden Choice market builds upon this tradition stocking a range of fresh international produce from plantains to yams and the occasional durian (which you can sample in-store from colourful containers). For convenience, it’s hard to beat MCQ Supermarket, where you pick up your fresh vegetables alongside Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai pantry staples. Celebratory foods also rotate with the seasons with mooncakes for mid-autumn festival and an assortment of sweets for the Lunar New Year.
Japanese food stores in Perth
Perth is home to a series of sublime Japanese restaurants. But for anyone bold enough to recreate their repertoire at home there’s seriously well-stocked string of Japanese food stores. Tokyo Wagyu Butcher sells premium Kagoshima Wagyu in all its marbled glory. It’s beautifully arranged on platters ready for cooking at home, whether grilled over charcoal for yakiniku (the Japanese term for grilled meat) or boiled in shabu-shabu (hot pot). A mere two-minute walk from the Subiaco station, Fuji Mart continues to be a stalwart for Japanese groceries from miso paste to bonito flakes and every type of furikake seasoning.
Korean supermarkets in Perth
Perth Kimchi pickles its kimchi in-store. The products range from cabbage to cucumber – perfect for any banchan (Korean side dishes). Clover Butchers touts itself as one of the first Korean butchers in Western Australia. Its mastery and experience shines through with its range of popular Korean cuts including bulgogi (thin marinated slices of meat), LA galbi (beef short ribs). Pair that with essentials like gochujang (chili paste) and ssamjang (a spicy dipping sauce made from fermented soy beans, chili, sesame, onion and garlic) from SeoulMart and TopMart and you’re ready for your next Korean barbeque.
207 Treasure Road, Queens Park
0456 177 435
South American and South African grocers in Perth
Churras’ stock of entranhas (beef thin skirt) and vazio or fraldinha (both words for flank steak) lets churrasco fanatics bring the char of a South American grill to their homes. Kalahari brings the comforts of home to Perth’s significant South African community in the form of Mrs Balls chutney, rooibos (a herbal tea) and boerewors (sausage). Its chewy biltong has been around since 2010. The adjoining cafe serves South African favourites including a stacked spiced bunny chow (a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry) and stuffed vetkoek (fried dough) with “monkey-gland” sauce (a tangy homemade barbeque sauce).
To discover more of Perth’s best international cuisine check out our guide to Mirrabooka’s hidden gems or a kosher providore selling Perth’s premier boiled bagels.