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Old 10-09-2012, 08:47 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by sblakeley

Commissary? I think that's just for military right? If so it definitely does not exist here as there is no US military presence.

We shop mainly at the wet market in our back alley, most other things come from Carrefour, like laundry detergent.

I really like the salad noodle idea I will have to try that thanks
Sorry I forget it's called different things in different places (bx, px, emporium) and its not always limited to military personel, anyone serving a gov't mission there can use it. I'm sure there is one at the embassy because US marines protect inside the embassy walls. I know embassy personal are allowed to shop there, if you are not there with the gov't I'd ask around to other Americans because I'm sure you could ask them to send or grab something you really need.

I agree that you have to change the whole way you think when it comes to food. You definitely have to take an step back and look at the things you can get and figure out how to work with that. My kids love strawberries and apples, at $9-$12 for a pint they are not getting strawberries, but I was able to find them frozen super cheap ($2 for a k) so some are for strawberry smoothies, some in homemade yogurt, and some were just sliced and dehydrated for snacking.

Dry cook tofu, then marinade it you will be so surprised how good it can actually taste in a stir fry. If you have someone, a native, who can teach you or help you do these things let them teach you.
We have actually become vegetarians since being here ($10 for 12oz of bacon and my life felt over), so we have been doing lots of veggie based soups. That might be an option since as someone else mentioned soup bases and stock are very easy to come by.
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