Adventures in Footscray

My first blogathon entry! I’ll be blogging every 30 minutes over the next 24 hours to raise money for World Vision.

If you’re shopping for Asian ingredients Footscray is definitely the place to go. Barkly Street is jam-packed with Asian grocery stores that are overflowing with bamboo steamers, granite mortar and pestles, aisle after aisle of pickled, dried, and frozen goodies as well as the obligatory cardboard boxes full of knobbly identifed vegetables by the front doors.

I went to Footscray today and stopped in at the Footscray markets. This is one of the best places to buy meat, seafood and veg in Melbourne. It’s unbelievably cheap and the quality of the produce is exceptional. Especially the huge range of seafood!


Today I bought a stockpot to boil my preserving jars from one of the Vietnamese supermarkets. It was just a cheap aluminium one for $20, but should do the trick. I also picked up some lemongrass, ginger and wombok cabbage, as well as a huge bag of cardamom seeds for the piddly sum of $3.50. So cheap!


I picked up one of my favourite Footscray treats from the Victoria Bakery on Leeds St. They have a warmer full of BBQ pork buns by the front door. I think they’re called Bao? Pao? I love those things. I get one every time I go to the markets. So soft and sweet. Mmmm…


5 comments on Adventures in Footscray

  1. Jono
    July 29, 2006 at 11:09 pm (13 years ago)

    Pickled mango… that looks so good.

    Nice to see you up and posting!


  2. Vicky
    January 30, 2007 at 3:36 pm (13 years ago)

    I’m looking for a place that has great baked goods and other breakfast treats that can be ordered ahead of time and then picked up for a breakfast party I’m having. Do you have any suggestions of any places with great breakfast finger foods that would be good to serve at a morning party? If you can offer any names of places along with their contact information I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!

  3. Lady Lunchalot
    January 30, 2007 at 4:45 pm (13 years ago)

    I know the PERFECT place. Try Hausfrau in Yarraville. (I assume that as you came from the Footscray post you’re looking for something over this side of town). They have fantastic baked goods and brekkie stuff. But be warned, every time I walk past their window my hips expand by a few centimetres.

    32a Ballarat St, Yarraville 3013
    Phone 03 96878364

  4. Balen
    October 28, 2015 at 8:33 am (4 years ago)

    Iris Burrows Thank you so much for your information. We live in Maryborough and would have travlleed down to Footscray on Monday as it was open on Monday of this week to accommodate Christmas. Now we’ll go on Sunday for the New Year shopping! :-)


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