You start chopping the carrots for your chicken afritada when ”grrr!”, you remember you run out of garlic. So, you ask one of the kids, the one who doesn’t argue much, to buy 3 cloves of garlic. And maybe, you would take a small piece of paper and scribble: a knob of ginger, 1 stem of scallion, 1 sachet Nescafe.
But oops! We’re not in the Philippines where you can buy 1 peso worth of cooking oil, soy sauce, or vinegar; one tablet of paracetamol; an egg; or, one sachet of shampoo and conditioner in the sari-sari stores. You probably miss those sari-sari stores back home, so alive and colorful. Sachets of shampoo, hair conditioner, toothpaste, detergents, fabric conditioner, and even, cloves of garlic are hanging in the store.
At around 6 in the evening, people come and go to buy something at the sari-sari stores. Some just hang around or « tambay » outside to see and talk to random people. That is why it is also the best place to pick up the latest news (or rumors) in the neighborhood. The singles (or not singles) and the teens hang out waiting for the girl or boy next door to buy shampoo or prepaid load.
Let’s get back to reality. So, we are 11,121 kilometers from home and the sari-sari store culture is so far away. However, we still need to pamper our cravings for Filipino foods. Luckily, we can still find the basics. Mega and Lego sardines, Mr. Chips, Boy Bawang, Pinakurat, Bagoong, and a lot more. Thanks to the Filipinos in France opening up stores to cater to those cravings.
If you’re new in France and you have missed the list of Pinoy stores in Filipino social media group discussions, here are some of the Filipino stores in Paris where you can buy Filipino products including kakanin and yummy dishes.
Here’s an <ul> (unordered list) of Pinoy stores in Paris.
81 rue Boissière, 75116 Paris
49 avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris
12 rue Bois le Vent, 75016 Paris
8 rue Duban, 75016 Paris
18 rue Mesnil, 75016 Paris
14 rue de la Croix Nivert 75015
J & A Asian Store
3 rue Sauffroy, 75017 Paris
You can also find several Filipino products in the stores in Belleville :
1 rue Civiale, 75010 Paris
Wing Seng Supermarché
2 rue Rebeval, 75019 Paris
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