You Never Know What You’re Gonna Find

I love grocery shopping in other countries. You never know what you’re going to find when you look around. Some things are familiar, others are odd, quirky, or unusual.

After the gym tonight, I popped into Hypermart, a local Indonesian grocery store, to pick up a few things. As I wandered the aisles, I started to notice the differences in stores here and back home, so I snapped a few pictures.

You can buy a bunch of random frozen food in bulk, such as hot dogs, french fries, fish fingers, chicken tenders, and strange colored meats. This idea really grosses me out…all the germs (plus the weird mystery meats)!


Looking for some fruit covered in styrofoam and plastic wrap? Check! If only nature had a way to protect the inside of the fruit…;)


How about some oil in a large bag? You’ve got many, many choices of brands!


If you’re craving a Jell-O like snack in a small plastic container, look at all of the colorful choices you have to choose from!


Buying small quantities of rice in Asia is hard to do. Hope you like a lot of rice!


To ward off the would-be thieves, all the jars of Nutella have anti-theft sensors on them. Who would have thought Nutella was such a hot commodity?

If you’re in the mood to try some different kinds of meat, you can grab some chicken heads or feet. Ewwwwww!


Think all cheese needs to be refrigerated? Think again! You can buy some disgusting processed cheese right from the aisle.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in the grocery store?

14 thoughts on “You Never Know What You’re Gonna Find

  1. livinglife816287820

    Thanks for the photos! They really bring it home, we have the chicken heads and feet here in the local market, plus all the innards. If they’ve killed a cow they leave the hoofs outside the butcher shop so you know the meat is available! Usually it’s what is NOT available in the grocery store that is my biggest problem (sorry no butter, sorry no milk, sorry no tomato puree…..!) When will you get some more….sorry, can’t say!

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Yeah we experience not having what I want, too, but not really on basics like you mentioned. It’s more on imported specialty items. Last night I was at a local store. The import stores look differently. They are more similar to stores in the states.

  2. elsie

    I love visiting grocery stores just to see what they’ve got that’s different from home. Believe it or not, a Walmart grocery has had chicken feet. Ugh! Don’t like the looks of them. 😦 I do think Asian markets have the corner on strange items.

  3. wordjourneysite

    What a great idea for a post! I’m impressed with the size of these displays – there aren’t just a few chicken feet or pieces of fruit or bags of rice or weird frozen meat items. You’ve inspired me to take photos of grocery stores when I travel.
    (The locked-up Nutella made me laugh!)

  4. karpenglish

    This post just cracked me up, and I needed that after this long, weird week. I love that you can buy fresh chicken heads and feet along with your bulk selection of frozen french fries. And what is that in the first picture that looks like crab meat jerky? So many odd choices. After all of these photos, I think I have to say that I have never seen anything even remotely peculiar or interesting in a grocery store. I think the closest I have come is live squid swimming around in a tank in the Asian market, and really, that’s not odd, it’s just squid. I think I need to scope out more unusual grocers here in the States. I am sure there are places where I could get a much better selection of mystifying food choices!

  5. aggiekesler Post author

    I have no idea what any of that frozen stuff is…all I know is it’s not something I’d want to eat! The US definitely doesn’t have many strange things (at least to us!).


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