Every two weeks, LAW, H.W., and I bike down to Chinatown with empty backpacks to stock our fridge with two weeks worth of groceries. It has become a ritual. The smooth cruise down Avenue A to the hectic area around Mott Street transitions from certified East Village hipsters to peppered Chinese grandpas carrying bags of fresh fish. We load up our backpacks with as much food as we can carry and bike our way back home. This is where all my groceries come from. This is proof that you don’t have to pay a Whole Foods premium to eat well!
Each trip buys us 8 dinners and a couple lunches (leftovers). Pictured here is our Sunday groceries displayed on our dining table.
In total, it costs $56.00. That is $18.67 each for 8 dinners, which averages out to $2.33 per meal (not including potential leftovers for lunch). I like shopping in Chinatown because it’s cheap, but also because it has way more variety of vegetables. I normally don’t plan out specific dinners until the day of, but just so you have a sense of what this table of food will produce, here is a list of 8 dinners, two that I already made on Sunday and yesterday night.
- Daikon, chicken, scallion, ginger soup with dipping sauce; Mapo Tofu; Roasted Broccoli
- Clamshell and White Button mushrooms with Ground Pork; Egg and Tomato; Cold Cucumbers
- Twice Cooked Pork Belly; Cold Tofu with Fried Green Horn Peppers; Scallion Pancakes
- Spicy Chinese Bolognese; Roasted Broccoli
- Honey Soy Glazed Chicken Thigh; Roasted Cauliflower;
- Cabbage and Bacon; Mapo Tofu; Scallion Pancakes
- Spicy Short Rib; Roasted Broccoli; Cold Cucumbers
- Honey Soy Glazed Chicken Thigh; Tomato and Egg
I’m publishing recipes for my Clamshell and White Button mushrooms with Ground Pork and LAW’s favorite Twice Cooked Pork Belly very soon.