I love spending afternoons poking around Chinatown supermarkets. Hey, it's my job! And I'm always discovering new and unusual products.
Case in point: I'm barging my way through busy Hua Sheng (293 Spadina, north of Dundas West, 416-263-9883) armed with only a plastic shopping basket full of 59 cents-a-pound bok choy when I spot this package of noodles on a bottom shelf. And it's only 89 cents.
There's a vibrant green spinach version, too. Close inspection of the Nutrition Facts reveals that while they're gluten and food-colouring free, they contain cornstarch, rice carrot juice and water. The 250 gram package, though divided into four servings, would more likely serve two. But don't follow the recommended cooking instructions, just put them in a pot with hot water straight from the tap for five minutes instead of boiling them and they're ready to add to stir-fries or soups.
The next day, I'm a block away in the Market and notice a stack of coloured rice sticks in front of a health food store. The price for exactly the same thing? $1.89!