These are the kinds of groceries I buy every few weeks at Annam Gourmet Market.
Before living in Vietnam I had never heard of IRN-BRU Sugar Free but I’m so glad I found it. There is a serious lack of diet soda variety here (I’ve only been able to find Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi) compared to the United States. I prefer clear sodas, like Sprite Zero and Diet Ginger Ale, but I also love Diet Dr. Pepper. I’d be a happy man if they were available here.
I’ve also become a crazy fan of Kettle Brand organic nut butters because I rarely—as in once every several months—eat beef or pork and sometimes find myself tired of all the fish I eat.
None of this is cheap by any means. On average I may spend between 500,000 VND ($23.96 USD) and 1,700,000 VND ($81.46 USD) per trip to the store, but a lot of that depends on if I buy something “special”, like the Maple Joe Sirop d’érable, which costs an absurdly expensive 346,000 VND ($16.58 USD).
The prices don’t bother me because they’re offset by the fact that these days I rarely—as in once a month, if even that—order delivery food. Since December 19th I’ve ordered delivery once, mainly because I now live far away from the city center and have my own kitchen.
So there you have it, the groceries I buy in Hanoi when I’m not eating rice, fish, and vegetables.