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Coconuts and Spices, Herbs and Sauces

Ok here’s an update to this post: the shop has moved (probably due to a hike in rent). 

Here’s the new address


If you enjoy Asian style cooking (curries, soups and seasonings) and often eat at home, you may already know about this shop. 

Shing Fat Coconut Co. is the only shop in Wan Chai market that carries a wide range of spices and fresh coconut. They offer coconut cut, ground, juice and milk. Range enough for any Thai, Indian or Malaysian curry or laksa you wish.

Here’s some photos to help you figure out if they have something you need. It’s a lot less expensive than the supermarket up the road and decent quality too.

Satay powder, curry powder, moringa seeds
Soya sauce and coconut oil
Tinned coconut milk, vanilla and cinnamon sticks

And if you’re looking for herbs and spices to create your own seasonings, you won’t be disappointed.

Need a spice? just ask!
Sauces galore
Pastes, fermented sauces

If you’re looking for instant noodles, vermicelli for your Vietnamese dinner, you can also find it here. Fraction of the price at City Super.

ok that’s cat food at the bottom
Friendly shopkeepers

There’s also fresh pandan leaves for sale.

You can see the workers packing the spices into more manageable portions. 

Finally, the most critical ingredient for all Malay desserts…fresh coconut. Ground or milk they sell both all freshly done in the shop. I’ve seen the guys slicing, skinning and juicing the coconuts. It’s all in the fridge so just ask for it and pay by weight.

They also retail coconut oil for whatever purpose you have for it… I remember my friend, a haematology professor swearing that it keeps her hair black, shiny and healthy… She’s now 75 and still doesn’t dye her hair.. So there you go!

Find them listed here.