From GZ Tai-Tai (GZ Tai-Tai), in Guangzhou (Canton), China:
Basically my pantry evolved over the years out of necessity. Living in China where many things were not available in our first year here (1996), I found myself shopping for many items in Hong Kong, bringing them back for the family to enjoy until our next trip to Hong Kong. Then we went through the days of "If you see it buy now or it won't be there the next time." This still happens once in a while. These days I can get most everything I need here in China, at a price of course, but it saves the trip to Hong Kong.
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