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Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore shopping tips?

Anything worth buying as a Canadian from these places? I have 4 empty suitcases capacity to bring back.
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I like teas (loose leaf, or even tea dust) for making Indo-Malay teas from Malaysia (same stuff available in Singapore but a lot more expensive, generally). Some sauces and spices hard to get in Canada.
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thesubmitter wrote: Anything worth buying as a Canadian from these places? I have 4 empty suitcases capacity to bring back.
No, unless you like low quality knock offs orlocal food stuffs

Any well known/brand name stuff will be same or higher price but more selection of high end items as Is typical of most Asian cities
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In Malaysia, you can get batik clothing, some even hand printed/dyed. However, the cheap stuff is usually from Indonesia.

I like to replenish my wardrobe with stuff from Decathlon but you have that in Québec.
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michiebaby wrote: Belacan paste, Kaya spread
You can buy Kaya spread here. They have the main brands in Malaysia here (GTA) as well in Asian supermarkets . I do get belacan paste from Malaysia though as I find the ones here not as good
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StatsGuy wrote: You can buy Kaya spread here. They have the main brands in Malaysia here (GTA) as well in Asian supermarkets . I do get belacan paste from Malaysia though as I find the ones here not as good
The fresh stuff is nicer. What brands are here? Yeo's/Yeo Hap Seng?

Best way to get belacan is a dried block and then grill it to get it ready to make into a paste. That process will terrify the neighborhood. Strangely, I've never eaten the stuff.
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thriftshopper wrote: The fresh stuff is nicer. What brands are here? Yeo's/Yeo Hap Seng?

Best way to get belacan is a dried block and then grill it to get it ready to make into a paste. That process will terrify the neighborhood. Strangely, I've never eaten the stuff.
Yup, Yeo's and hap sent

Ya I get the belacan as a dried block and keep it wrapped in fridge. I don't grill it or anything before use, just add some hot water mix it a bit and throw it in. It's just easier/faster and will mix in some jar shrimp paste too
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And keep in mind it's illegal in Singapore on the metro :) I also found Singapore to be the most expensive location, given that it's nearly on par with CAD.

For shopping, I find Beijing not to be as good as Shanghai for trying to find cheap deals, especially in the fakes market (Shanghai Science and Tech market is the best option, but even then they're less prone to deep negotiations ever since the Nanjing West Market shut down). In Beijing, there are two malls for bargaining and some fakes - Silk Street Market, and Hongqiao Pearl Market, both on the metro. There is also Wangfujing Street, with some big malls, souvenir stalls, etc., near the Forbidden City.
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thesubmitter wrote: Anything worth buying as a Canadian from these places? I have 4 empty suitcases capacity to bring back.
LOL I would buy all fake Canada Goose stuff and other at Beijing fake mall. After visitng that mall every time I seee somone on TTC with brand name purse, jackets, shoes I roll my eye. LOL.
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callernamet wrote: LOL I would buy all fake Canada Goose stuff and other at Beijing fake mall. After visitng that mall every time I seee somone on TTC with brand name purse, jackets, shoes I roll my eye. LOL.
Never been but curious.... are the fake goods there really good fakes (very hard to tell if it's a fake) or poor fakes (easily tell)?
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thriftshopper wrote: I like teas (loose leaf, or even tea dust) for making Indo-Malay teas from Malaysia (same stuff available in Singapore but a lot more expensive, generally). Some sauces and spices hard to get in Canada.
If you are looking for tea, I would suggest Beijing is actually a great place to look for tea. They have a market place that is at least a kilometre long and has multiple floors. If that's too much choice (and it really is for a quick visit), then they have a few local chains (like Wuyutai) which are pretty good.
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I've been to Beijing and Singapore. Frankly...nothing.

For Beijing, you might as well go to Wal Mart in Canada instead. Many things in Canada are made in China anyways. We also have plenty of imports from China if you want Chinese snacks and goods. And I don't trust the sellers in China. You could get fleeced easily. Negotiating is a hassle, unless you actually like the thrill of negotiating. But you are always the one to get screwed because the sellers know much more than you.

For Singapore, I didn't find anything truly unique. It's a modern and multicultural city (Chinese/Arab/Indian/Tamil). Canada is multicultural too so you can probably find specialty items here as well. Singapore is also not cheap. You are not going to find much of a price advantage in shopping in Singapore. I snuck some meat jerky and brought home. Good stuff. That's one thing I really liked in Singapore.
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There are a lot less counterfeit markets in Beijing as they've been cleaning up the city over the last 5yrs. Every time we go back, more and more markets are being closed. The only one I've seen still around is Silk Street market.

On my last visit, I ended up buying truly wireless earbuds for $20 CAD at a legit electronics store at Sanlitun (modern shopping mall). They sound way better than the ones made by Apple, Huawei, Samsung, etc. Been using them for almost a year now and no problems.

I might buy trinkets if they're unique enough. Starbucks in China have unique mugs/tumblers/tea that sometimes I'll pick something up from there. I generally spend most of my money on food or snacks that we don't have here. There was this one brand of instant noodles I tried there and liked so I brought back a case of it.
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craftsman wrote: If you are looking for tea, I would suggest Beijing is actually a great place to look for tea.
Depends on what you like and how much you want to pay! I only drink chinese tea with chinese food when I eat out, which is hardly ever, and also I don't know what I am buying and probably don't appreciate the expensive stuff. The cheap(-ish) black tea is for my favoured style of imbibing.
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thriftshopper wrote: Depends on what you like and how much you want to pay! I only drink chinese tea with chinese food when I eat out, which is hardly ever, and also I don't know what I am buying and probably don't appreciate the expensive stuff. The cheap(-ish) black tea is for my favoured style of imbibing.
The problem is not that you won't be able to appreciate the good stuff but rather you don't have anything to compare it against! I've found that when most people (regardless of experience) get an opportunity to do some comparison tasting, they are pretty quick in getting to appreciate the better stuff. Besides, better tea doesn't necessarily mean expensive.
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What about lab made diamonds in Beijing or silk sheets and stuff?

4 suitcases got to out to some use lol

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